Established in 2000, CAHRU is dedicated to improving understanding of child and adolescent health in Scotland.

Cross-national comparisons and evaluation of health-related programmes and interventions are core aspects of our work and particular attention is given to young people's perceptions and the influence of social context. The effects of family, peers, socioeconomic circumstances and school are considered in relation to key determinants of health including physical activity, smoking, risk behaviours and mental health. The Unit has an important role as the International Coordinating Centre of the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) World Health Organisation Collaborative Cross-national Study, which at present involves 43 countries across Europe and North America.

Latest news

Junior Research Programme
07 Sep 2016

Our colleague, Alina Cosma, has been selected as a research supervisor in the Junior Research Program lead by researchers from the Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge. For the next 13 months, she will lead a group of 7 undergraduate psychology students from 4 different European…

HBSC findings quoted in the Herald
05 Sep 2016

Finding from the 2014 HBSC survey have been quoted in a response to an article published in the Herald (School pressure, social media stress, and body image anxiety: Teen Scotland in meltdown, News, August 21) Read the article here.