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

Dr Jo Inchley presents at Adolescent Mental Health Event
05 Oct 2016

Dr Jo Inchley was invited to present HBSC findings on adolescent mental health at an event at McLaren High School on 5 October, organised by Action in Mind and attended by the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon. The audience included 200 pupils from 7 secondary schools across the Stirling area as well…

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…