Welcome to Research Unit 2723

Research Unit 2723 "Understanding the institutional context of health inequalities among young people. A life stage approach" was approved by the German Research Foundation (DFG) on 7 December 2018 for a first, three-year funding phase and began its work in July 2019 under the leadership of the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg.

Research Unit 2723 is investigating how institutional contexts from birth to young adulthood are associated with the emergence of health inequalities. The project marks the first-ever DFG-funded research unit to work exclusively in the field of medical sociology and public health research.

The research unit brings together leading researchers from different universities. In addition to MLU Halle Wittenberg, BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Heidelberg University, Ludwig Maximilian University Munich and Robert Koch Institute are involved in the joint project.



Study from SP 2 published

The Body Mass Index (BMI) of preschool children seems to be related to determinants at the micro and meso level!

Our newest publication shows that early childhood education and care center ("Kindergarden") characteristics have an independent association with preschoolers’ BMI, presenting potential new approaches for overweight prevention. More details can be seen in the latest publication of SP2. Now available at BMC Public Health (open access): https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-022-13814-5

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Scope Review from SP4 published

The own and the family’s socio-economic position (SEP) plays a considerable role in health and health-related behaviour of young adults in school-to-work and school-to-university transition (STWT)!

Several studies analyzed that higher family SEP is associated with higher levels of health-promoting behaviour, while young adults with lower family SEP tend to health-damaging behaviour. Read the new Scoping Review to get more information about factors influencing health inequalities of young adults in STWT (open access): https://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/12/7/e058273.

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Study from SP1 published

A worse family climate, well-being and health behaviour of parents influence the subjective health of adolescents negatively!

For families and adolescents with a low socio-economic status, the family climate, well-being and health behaviour of the parents operate as the most important mediators in regard to the health of the adolescents. The results can be seen in detail in the latest publication of SP1. Now available at Plos One: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0266463.

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