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Previous projects

Tackling socio-economic inequalities in smoking: Learning from natural experiments by time trend analyses and cross-national comparisons (SILNE); WP5: Survey conducted on 14-16-year-olds in 8 schools in Tampere


Adolescents' transition from lower secondary school to upper secondary schools in the Helsinki Metropolitan Region: know-how, motivation and well-being

This project aimed at ensuring educational equality, and its main object was to find out the factors on individual, school and municipal levels which predict adolescent’s successful progress and well-being during lower secondary school, successful transition to upper secondary studies, and fluent continuation of studies towards adulthood.


School cotextual factors, health and health behaviours among lower secondary school students (more information: Pirjo Lindfors)


Research project on health promotion of children and adolescents (more information: Leena Koivusilta)


School Health Services: Quality, Equity and Effectiveness

School health services are key preventive services for children enacted in the legislation. The objectives of this project were to study differences in the provision, accessibility and use of school health services between municipalities and schools, implementation of the new legislation, particularly the novel extended health examination procedure, and how resources and quality of care are related to schoolchildren’s wellbeing and health.


School Ergonomics Study

The 2-year controlled intervention, conducted in school surroundings  evaluated the effects of novel school workstations (adjustable saddle chairs and work desks with comfort curve) on 12-16-year-old school children's sitting posture, amount of musculoskeletal symptoms, spine posture, and physical fitness factors compared to conventional workstations.

The results are presented in Lea Saarni’s doctoral thesis in 2009 and in its publications. 

Family Role in Tobacco Use and Prevention among Children

The project was started based on the fact that scientific literature on the role of parents and family in the prevention of children’s smoking was scarce.  In the project, the main interest was in home ”smoking policies”, bans and restrictions, home based sourcing of tobacco and effects of parents’ smoking.

The results are presented in Susanna Raisamo’s (nee Rainio) doctoral thesis: 2009: Familial influences on adolescence smoking - parental smoking, home smoking ban and home-based sourcing of tobacco.

Immigrant youth's wellbeing and health

The two-year-long project was studying health and well-being of immigrant adolescents. A multilingual online survey was conducted to representative samples of youth, aged 14 to 17 years. An additional goal was to test possibilities for establishing a cost-effective national monitoring system for health and health behaviours of immigrant adolescents. A wide-ranging survey on well-being and health was conducted in 2010 and 2011.

Tobacco epidemic in Africa and school-aged children and young people

As tobacco use is decreasing in most Western countries, the focus of the tobacco industry is now turned towards developing countries particularly young people in those countries. This project sought to investigate tobacco use and its associated factors among children and young people in Ghana and Sudan with the view of informing tobacco control policy making.

A second research interest was health inequalities. Differences in tobacco use among adolescents were studied using several socioeconomic indicators, some of them developed during this project specifically for young people in developing countries. Results from this study can be found for example in David Doku's doctoral thesis in 2011: Socio-economic differences in tobacco use among Ghanaian and Finnish adolescents.

Injuries and their risk factors in adolescents  

This study investigated occurrence and severity of injuries and risk factors predicting injury. The participants of the Adolescent Health and Lifestyle Survey have been followed up until early middle age through the national registries of hospital discharges and cause of death. Injuries related to sports in sports clubs, school, and free time were asked in the 2009 Adolescent Health and Lifestyle Survey for 12-18-year-olds.

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