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Child and Adolescent Health – Merely Child’s Play?

Public Service Obligation and Parental Responsibilities

The health of our children and adolescents is an important predictor for the future health of our society. Relevant health-related behaviours are learned during childhood and can contribute to either a reduction or an increase of disease patterns. Compared to other Western countries, Austrian youth begin alcohol and nicotine consumption at an earlier age. However, they also engage in sports on a more regular basis than youth from other countries (Felder-Puig, Teutsch & Hofmann 2014).

Population-based approaches to health promotion and prevention aim to steer the health behaviour of children and adolescents in a positive direction and create a health -promoting environment. Bottom-up approaches to health promotion encourage the participation of children and adolescents in order to develop interventions according to their needs. Nevertheless, the effectiveness of many programs targeting health promotion and prevention remain unclear.

2017 EUFEP conference topics:

  • Can mandatory prevention be ethically justified?
  • Why do Austria’s efforts to reduce alcohol and tobacco use in youth remain unsuccessful while other countries experience success?
  • How do innovative Good Practice examples operate?