Scottish Longitudinal Study
Development & Support Unit
Health inequalities among adolescents and young people in Scotland: an analysis linking the UK Censuses and the Scottish Longitudinal Study to health data.
Ms Katrin Metsis, University of St Andrews
Prof Frank Sullivan, University of St Andrews
Dr Joanna Inchley, University of Glasgow
Dr Andrew Williams, University of St Andrews
1st January 2021
This PhD project examines health inequalities among young people (aged 10-24 years) in Scotland by socio-economic (SE) groups. The project utilises data from the 2001 and 2011 UK Censuses, Scottish Longitudinal Study (SLS), and health data linked to the SLS. The main indicator of the SE position is the National Statistics Socio-economic classification (NS-SEC). I will use self-reported health (SRH) to measure health inequalities. The study cohort is young people who were 10-24-year-olds at the 2001 Census. The project seeks to answer the following research questions.
1) How does the SRH of Scottish young people compare to their peers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland (NI)?
- What are the differences across SE indicators?
- How have the patterns changed between 2001 and 2011?
This research question is addressed by using data from the 2001 and 2011 UK Censuses.
2) Is SRH a stable measure: whether and how does it change as young people transfer into adulthood?
- How has SRH changed among the study cohort (aged 10-24 in 2001) between 2001 and 2011?
- Has the change been different across SE groups?
- What are the methodological implications of the differences between the general health questions in 2001 and 2011?
This research question is addressed by using data from the SLS.
3) Does SRH in ages 10-24 predict health outcomes in adulthood?
- Does SRH in ages 10-24 predict receipt of prescribed medication in adulthood?
For this part of the analysis, the SLS will be linked with the Prescribing Information System (PIS).
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