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Häggström Westberg, Katrin
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Häggström Westberg, K., Wilhsson, M., Svedberg, P., Nygren, J. M., Morgan, A. & Nyholm, M. (2019). Optimism as a Candidate Health Asset: Exploring Its Links with Adolescent Quality of Life in Sweden. Child Development, 90(3), 970-984
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2019 (English)In: Child Development, ISSN 0009-3920, E-ISSN 1467-8624, Vol. 90, no 3, p. 970-984Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study aims to understand the role that optimism could play in the context of a health asset approach to promote adolescent health-related quality of life (HRQOL). Adolescents (n = 948), between 11 and 16 years old from a medium-sized rural town in Sweden, answered questionnaires measuring optimism, pessimism, and HRQOL. The findings indicate a significant decrease in optimism and a significant increase in pessimism between early and mid adolescence. The study has allowed us to present associational evidence of the links between optimism and HRQOL. This infers the potential of an optimistic orientation about the future to function as a health asset during adolescence and by implication may provide additional intervention tools in the planning of health promotion strategies. © 2017 The Authors

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Hoboken: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Inc., 2019
National Category
Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-35034 (URN)10.1111/cdev.12958 (DOI)000477640100026 ()28922470 (PubMedID)2-s2.0-85065044168 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2017-09-20 Created: 2017-09-20 Last updated: 2020-04-29Bibliographically approved
Hutton, K., Nyholm, M., Nygren, J. & Svedberg, P. (2014). Self-rated mental health and socio-economic background: a study of adolescents in Sweden. BMC Public Health, 14(1), Article ID 394.
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2014 (English)In: BMC Public Health, ISSN 1471-2458, E-ISSN 1471-2458, Vol. 14, no 1, article id 394Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: Adolescents' mental health is a major public health issue. Previous research has shown that socio-economic factors contribute to the health status of adolescents. The present study explores the association between socio-economic status and self-rated mental health among adolescents.

Methods: Cross sectional data from the Halmstad Youth Quality of Life cohort was collected in a town in Sweden. In all, 948 adolescents (11-13 younger age group and 14-16 older age group) participated. Information on self-rated mental health was collected from the subscale Psychological functioning in the Minneapolis Manchester Quality of Life instrument. The items were summarized into a total score and dichotomized by the mean. Indicators measuring socio-economic status (SES) were collected in a questionnaire using the Family Affluence Scale (FAS) and additional factors regarding parents' marital status and migration were added. Logistic models were used to analyze the data.

Results: Girls were more likely to rate their mental health below the mean compared to boys. With regard to FAS (high, medium, low), there was a significantly increased risk of self-rated mental health below the mean among younger boys in the medium FAS score OR; 2.68 (95% CI 1.35;5.33) and among older boys in the low FAS score OR; 2.37 (1.02;5.52) compared to boys in the high FAS score. No such trend was seen among girls. For younger girls there was a significant protective association between having parents born abroad and self-rated mental health below mean OR: 0.47 (0.24;0.91).

Conclusions: A complex pattern of associations between SES and self-rated mental health, divergent between age and gender groups, was shown. The total FAS score was only associated with boys' self-rated mental health in both age groups, whereas parents' migratory status influenced only the girls' self-rated mental health. Because of the different association for girls' and boys' self-rated mental health and SES, other factors than SES should also be considered when investigating and exploring the mental health of adolescents in affluent communities. © 2014 Hutton et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: BioMed Central, 2014
Keywords
Adolescents, Self-rated mental health, Socio-economic status, Family affluence scale
National Category
Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology Nursing
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-25215 (URN)10.1186/1471-2458-14-394 (DOI)000336859500001 ()24758209 (PubMedID)2-s2.0-84901486949 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Swedish Research Council
Note

The study was funded by grants to P S and J N from Region Halland, Halmstad Kommun, Ljungbergska foundation, Länsförsäkringar Halland and to J N from the Swedish Research Council.

Available from: 2014-04-30 Created: 2014-04-30 Last updated: 2020-03-20Bibliographically approved
Svedberg, P., Nygren, J. M., Hutton, K. & Nyholm, M. (2014). Self-reported objective and subjective indicators of socio-economic status and mental health between two adolescent age groups in Sweden. Paper presented at 7th European Public Health Conference, 19-22 November 2014, Glasgow, UK. European Journal of Public Health, 24(Suppl. 2), 31-31
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Self-reported objective and subjective indicators of socio-economic status and mental health between two adolescent age groups in Sweden
2014 (English)In: European Journal of Public Health, ISSN 1101-1262, E-ISSN 1464-360X, Vol. 24, no Suppl. 2, p. 31-31Article in journal, Meeting abstract (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: Research has shown that socio-economic status (SES) contributes to the mental health of adolescents; however the causality of this effect is debated. SES among adolescents is methodologically difficult to assess and SES indicators differ between age groups. The aim of this study was to evaluate objective and subjective indicators of SES and their relation to mental health in two adolescent age groups.

Methods: This is a cross-sectional study based on data collected by self- report questionnaires from 11-13 years old n = 457 (younger age group) and 14-16 years old n = 462 (older age group) adolescents at schools in a rural town in south western Sweden. The Family Affluence Scale (FAS) (high, medium, low) and Perceived Wealth (PW) (high, medium, low) were used as measurement for objective and subjective socio-economic wealth. The domain psychological functioning health from the Minneapolis Manchester Quality of Life instrument (MMQL-PF) (continuous variable) was used to measure self-rated mental health.

Results: When measuring SES using the two different scales, the proportion of adolescents in the younger age group stating a low SES was 28.1% using FAS and 12.1% using PW. In the older age group the proportion was 21.4% in FAS and 15.5% in PW. There was a positive significant relation between PW and self-rated mental health in both age groups, by 0.112 (95% CI.0.024; 0.199) in the younger age group and by 0.140 (95% CI.0.051; 0.223) in the older age group. This relation was not seen regarding FAS.

Conclusion: In the search for SES’ relation to mental health, different aspects of adolescents’ socio-economic conditions should be considered. In this study we suggest that the subjective experiences of adolescents regarding the wealth of the family might be a stronger indicator of SES influencing mental health. This might be taken into consideration when planning for public health interventions and effective prevention programs suited for adolescents with lower SES. 

Key message:

  • In the search for SES’ relation to mental health, different aspects of adolescents’ socio-economic conditions should be considered.

© The Author 2014

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014
Keywords
socio-economic status, mental health, adolescent
National Category
Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-33677 (URN)10.1093/eurpub/cku151.067 (DOI)
Conference
7th European Public Health Conference, 19-22 November 2014, Glasgow, UK
Available from: 2017-04-05 Created: 2017-04-05 Last updated: 2020-03-20Bibliographically approved
Hutton, K., Nygren, J., Nyholm, M. & Svedberg, P. (2013). Low self-rated mental health among Swedish adolescent boys and its relationship to socioeconomic factors. In: : . Paper presented at 6th European Public Health Conference Health in Europe, Brussels, Belgium, 13–16 November, 2013 (pp. 251-252). Oxford: Oxford University Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Low self-rated mental health among Swedish adolescent boys and its relationship to socioeconomic factors
2013 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Background

Adolescents mental health is a major public health concern and studies have shown that socioeconomic factors contribute to the experienced health of adolescents. Girls’ mental health, more than boys’ mental health, is often discussed. Therefore, the aim of this study was to investigate the association between self-rated mental health and socioeconomic factors among boys and we hypothesized that household wealth influences the association.

Methods

In 2011, a cross-sectional study was conducted at seven junior high schools in a medium sized town in south western Sweden. The data collected was based on a self-administrated questionnaire regarding socioeconomic factors, household wealth and health related quality of life (Minnesota Minneapolis Quality of Life Instrument (MMQL). In all, 235 boys between 11-13 years old and 254 boys between 14-16 years participated. The items from MMQL were summarized into a total score and dichotomized by the median and low self-rated mental health was defined as below median. Logistic regression analysis was used.

Results

Among younger boys no association between low self-rated mental health and socioeconomic factors were seen. Among older boys with divorced parents, an increased risk of low mental health rating was seen OR: 1.83 (95%CI, 1.04;3.23), however when adjusting for household wealth the association disappeared (OR;1.76, CI 0.98;3.15). Also, having one or two parents born outside Sweden implied increased risk of a low self-rated mental health OR: 2.0 (CI; 1.15;3.47), which remained when adjusting for household wealth variables (OR; 2.16 CI; 1.17;3.99). Furthermore, having two or more negative socioeconomic variables increased the risk of low rated mental health (OR;2.60, CI 1.15;5.90) the association remained after adjusting for household wealth (OR;2.38, CI 1.03;5.33).

Conclusions

Boys with divorced parents, boys from migrant backgrounds and boys with several negative socioeconomic factors constituted the identified subgroups at risk. More research in public health is essential to meet the special needs of different age groups and backgrounds among adolescent boys.

Key messages

  • Among older boys (14-16 years old) with divorced parents, an increased risk of low mental health rating was seen, however when adjusting for household wealth the association disappeared.
  • Among older boys (14-16 years old) having two or more negative socioeconomic variables increased the risk of low rated mental health, the association remained after adjusting for household wealth.

© The Author 2013. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the European Public Health Association. All rights reserved.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013
Series
European Journal of Public Health, ISSN 1464-360X ; Vol. 23; Suppl. 1
National Category
Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology Nursing
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-25217 (URN)10.1093/eurpub/ckt124.036 (DOI)
Conference
6th European Public Health Conference Health in Europe, Brussels, Belgium, 13–16 November, 2013
Available from: 2014-04-30 Created: 2014-04-30 Last updated: 2020-03-20Bibliographically approved
Svedberg, P., Hutton, K., Einberg, E.-L. & Nygren, J. (2012). Barn och ungdomars självskattade hälsa: En undersökning i Halmstad kommun. Halmstad: Högskolan i Halmstad
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2012 (Swedish)Report (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Halmstad: Högskolan i Halmstad, 2012. p. 9
National Category
Health Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-27691 (URN)
Available from: 2015-02-03 Created: 2015-02-03 Last updated: 2018-03-22Bibliographically approved
Häggström Westerberg, K., Wilhsson, M., Svedberg, P., Nygren, J. M., Antony, M. & Nyholm, M.Exploring the role of optimism as a protective factor for adolescent quality of life.
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(English)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This study attempts to understand the role that optimism could play in the context of a health asset approach to promote (and protect) adolescent health related quality of life (HRQOL).  Two hypotheses were formulated, a) there is an association between adolescents’ self-rated optimism and pessimism and their HRQOL, (b) age, gender and socio-demographic characteristics influence this association. We explore optimism and pessimism as a bi-dimensional construct and its impact on HRQOL among adolescents in two age groups (11-13 years and 14-16 years). Adolescents answered a self-report questionnaire consisting of two validated scales for measuring HRQOL and the concepts of optimism and pessimism. This study has shown that optimism is an important protective factor for HRQOL and low levels of pessimism were also seen to be protective of HRQOL in both age groups.  This infers the potential of an optimistic orientation about future goals might function as a health asset during adolescence that could be useful in the planning of health promotion strategies.

Keywords
Health related quality of life, Transition to adulthood, Adolescence, Optimism, Pessimism, Family structure
National Category
Nursing
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-34386 (URN)
Note

Som manuskript i avhandling. / As manuscript in dissertation.

Available from: 2017-06-28 Created: 2017-06-28 Last updated: 2020-03-20Bibliographically approved
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