From February 2017, information about the work of the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow is available and updated on the University of Glasgow website.

Gender Differences in Young People's Health and Health Behaviours

Note that these studies were conducted as part of the Youth and Health programme which formally ceased at the end of March 2010.  Team members have continued to prepare publications in this research area, working within SPHSU's Gender and Health Programme.

Differences in the health and behaviours of males and females exist, but are not fixed, and change with age, social circumstances and over time.  Understanding these variations may increase our understanding of how the social world relates to health-risks and morbidity and suggest social or public health interventions to improve the health of all. 



Jackson CA, Sweeting H, Haw S. Clustering of substance use and sexual risk behaviour in adolescence: analysis of two cohort studies. BMJ Open 2012;2:e000661

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Sweeting H, Jackson C, Haw S. Changes in the socio-demographic patterning of late adolescent health risk behaviours during the 1990s: analysis of two West of Scotland cohort studies. BMC Public Health 2011;11:829

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Young R, Sweeting H, Ellaway A. Do schools differ in suicide risk? The influence of school and neighbourhood on attempted suicide, suicidal ideation and self-harm among secondary school pupils. BMC Public Health 2011;11:874

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Sweeting H, West P, Der G. Explanations for female excess morbidity in adolescence: evidence from a school-based cohort in the West of Scotland . BMC Public Health 2007;7:298.

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Sweeting H, West P. Sex differences in health at ages 11, 13 and 15. Social Science & Medicine 2003;56:31-39

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Sweeting H, West P. Young people's leisure and risk-taking behaviours: changes in gender patterning in the West of Scotland during the 1990s. Journal of Youth Studies 2003;6:391-412

Sweeting H. Girls...can be boys. Counselling in Education 2003:9-15

West P, Sweeting H. Fifteen, female and stressed: changing patterns of psychological distress over time. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry 2003;44:399-411



Sweeting H. Reversals of fortune? Sex differences in health in childhood and adolescence. Social Science & Medicine 1995;40:77-90