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 45 countries across Europe and North America.

Latest news

Three new papers accepted and in press
03 Jan 2019

We are excited to announce that we have had three new papers accepted and currently in press: Inequality and adolescent gender differences in physical fighting, physical activity, and injury across 36 countries (in press) to be published in the Journal of Adolescent Health authored by De Looze M,…

Excellence in Pediatrics Keynote
03 Dec 2018

Jo Inchley has been invited to co-chair and give a keynote address at the 10th Excellence in Pediatrics conference in Prague, which attracts over 1000 conference delegates from more than 85 countries. The meeting runs from 6th-8th of December and will include 90+ scientific sessions across 5…