Predictors of adolescent self-rated health. Analysis of the National Population Health Survey

Can J Public Health. 2002 May-Jun;93(3):193-7. doi: 10.1007/BF03404999.


Objective: To examine what factors predict adolescents' concepts of their health.

Methods: The study, based on the longitudinal National Population Health Survey, included 1,493 adolescents who were 12-19 at the time of interview. Sex, age, grade, family structure, income, disability, chronic health problems, social supports, social involvement, school/work involvement, smoking, alcohol bingeing, physical activities, Body Mass Index (BMI) and psychological health status variables were examined. Using ordinal multivariate regression, self-rated health was regressed on all predictors, which were entered in blocks hierarchically.

Results: The analyses revealed that adolescent perceptions of health are framed not only by their physical health status, but also by personal, socio-environmental, behavioural and psychological factors. Specifically, health problems, disability, age, female status, lower income, smoking, and higher BMI were associated with lower self-rated health.

Conclusions: This study suggests that adolescent appraisals of their health are shaped by their overall sense of functioning, which includes both physical health and non-physical health dimensions.

Á venir

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Behavior
  • Adult
  • Attitude to Health*
  • Canada / epidemiology
  • Child
  • Female
  • Health Status Indicators*
  • Holistic Health
  • Humans
  • Logistic Models
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Male
  • Psychology, Adolescent*
  • Self Disclosure