Health problems for teenagers in 1981

Following a SHEU school survey in 1981, a Health Coordinator in a comprehensive school wrote one of the first articles for the journal Education and Health (see below).
Among the valuable bits of information gleaned from the survey were results also supported by a youth leader from a nearby youth club.
Which one of the following did the youth leader feel was the main health problem among local teenagers ...?
Drug taking
Personal hygiene
Alcohol abuse
Lack of sex education / poor relationships

Research: health wellbeing children and young people - SHEU archive

Welcome to possibly the best free resource with links to research about children young people health and wellbeing.
This service first developed in January 2006 and grew from SHEU's health and wellbeing research work with young people and their health related behaviour.
You can have the latest links sent to your email address.
The archive holds the links under each topic eg. Drugs, SRE/RSE, Food, Exercise etc.

Word Search spreadsheet

Here's a Word Search maker. 

It's a Excel 2010 spreadsheet.  You can print directly from the Excel sheet or paste from it into your favourite word processor.

It has macros enabled; the macro makes it easier to see what you are doing and to produce an solution grid (all the distractor letters are randomly generated, and are shown as white-on-white for the solution grid).

I'm sure you can do this sort of thing for yourselves, but you might find it useful if you haven't done it for yourself just yet...

SHEU data young people, beer and lager drinking - school survey results from 10-15 year olds

Young people, beer and lager - another SHEUByte [bite-sized research resource].
Since 1983, 14-15 yr old boys report that, after beer, their second favourite alcoholic drink is ...?
To find the answer and read the SHEUByte ... follow this link

Can the provision of games equipment at school break time increase the physical activity levels of adolescents?

Recent item added to the links to research news about 11-16 year olds :
Can the provision of games equipment at school break time increase the physical activity levels of adolescents? Alice Carter and Adam Evans.
To find all the links please click here

Links to recent research about 11-16 year olds and .. Food .. Drugs .. RSE ..Education ..Exercise

Welcome to the latest links to research about 11-16 year olds and .. Food .. Drugs .. RSE ..Education ..Exercise.
Included in this list of over 80 links -
Maternal education, home environments, and the development of children and adolescents.
Don't tell me what I should do, but what others do ...fruit consumption in adolescents.
‘Once upon a time I used to be active’ ... adolescent girls.
To find the links CLICK HERE

Mental health issues : improving awareness and attitudes of young people

In the recent issue of Education and Health, (2013, 31:1), there are a number of articles about mental health issues and young people. Contributors, from around the world, comment on a paper from Canada that evaluated a campaign to improve awareness and attitudes of young people towards mental health issues (Livingston et al., 2012). One of the commentators, Paula Lavis, writes that, "The stigma associated with mental health can have a profound impact on young people.

The possible causal relationship between excessive adolescent video game playing, social networking and crime reduction

Professor Mark D. Griffiths and Dr Mike Sutton, in the latest issue of Education and Health, write about the Crime Substitution Hypothesis. Their article briefly examines the extent to which popular youth activity (namely video gaming and social networking) may be having an effect on youth offending and victimization.
To read the article please follow this link

Exam culture and suicidal behaviour among young people

Alastair Sharp is Deputy Director, Samaritans, Hong Kong and Associate Professor, Department of English, Lingnan University, Hong Kong. Alastair, writing in the latest issue of Education and Health, describes the mounting evidence that examination and assessment pressures have caused a rise in mental health problems in some countries and that this may be a growing contributive factor in increasing suicidal behaviour among young people.
To read the article follow this link



Comments about SHEU

"Over the last twenty years you have achieved much. The surveys and subsequent reports have painted the clearest picture we have of what young people are doing and what they think." Tribute from OFSTED to John Balding, presented at his retirement lunch, May 2005


"The Schools Health Education Unit is the jewel in the crown of the Health Education Authority." Major General Sir John Acland 1928 - 2006

Major General Sir John Acland

"Brilliant - thank you Angela. As always you and your team are so proficient at getting our requests dealt with so promptly - it is a real pleasure to work with such a great organisation."

Health Improvement Adviser

"The Unit produces an invaluable body of knowledge... providing exceptional information across time and throughout the country." Kelloggs


"The (named) Children and Young People's Partnership has benefitted from the results of the SHEU survey locally for many years now, and we should like to continue to do so in future."

Consultant in Public Health Medicine

"Your work in developing the Health Related Behaviour Survey was ground breaking and has continued to evolve." Tribute from a Director of Public Health to John Balding, presented at his retirement lunch, May 2005

"I have valued greatly the work I have done with the team in Exeter, it has been a highlight of my years here." Health Promotion Specialist

Health Promotion Specialist

"On behalf of all the health promoters in Scotland I would like to say a big thank to you and your colleagues for your excellent work over the years. This includes not only your survey work but your role as a visiting examiner in Scotland and adviser on course development."
Tribute from a Health Commissioner to John Balding, presented at his retirement lunch, May 2005

Health Commissioner

We were all very impressed with the spreadsheet and can see that an incredible amount of work has gone into creating this!

Health Improvement Specialist

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your work regarding writing and compiling the sex education survey. The survey was well executed and the schools have found their individual reports very helpful. The results of the survey have enabled the Local Campaign Group to justify the need for young men's campaigns and given us invaluable insight as to the thoughts and experiences of this target group."

Teenage Pregnancy Strategy Manager