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The Adolescent Health and Lifestyle Survey (AHLS)

Faculty or school: Faculty of Social Sciences | Organisation sub unit: Social Sciences

The Adolescent Health and Lifestyle Survey (AHLS) is a multidisciplinary research programme started in 1977. Surveys are conducted every second year 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, Salma El-Amin

Collaborators

National Institute for Welfare and Health: Susanna Raisamo, Hanna Ollila, Hanna Samposalo

The Finnish Foundation for Alcohol Studies: Tomi Lintonen

City of Tampere, Hatanpää hospital: Minna Ståhl