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The Adolescent Health and Lifestyle Survey (AHLS)

Tampere University
Area of focusHealth, Society

The Adolescent Health and Lifestyle Survey (AHLS) is a multidisciplinary research programme started in 1977. The surveys were conducted every second year until 2019 for 12-18-year-olds.

The research interests are health and health behaviours of adolescents, socioeconomic health differences as well as risk and protecting factors for health. The national monitoring system is delivering knowledge that is used for adolescent health promotion and evaluation of national health promotion programmes.

The topics of the surveys are

  • use of tobacco and alcohol
  • tobacco dependency
  • gambling
  • perceived health and stress symptoms
  • physical activity
  • special diets
  • dental hygiene
  • information and communication technology
  • hormonal contraception
  • sleep and rest
  • violence
  • use of dietary supplements
  • obesity
  • etc.

Research team

Principal investigator: Professor Arja Rimpelä

Tampere University: Pirjo Lindfors, Jaana Kinnunen