2018-03-15Zeitschriftenartikel DOI: 10.17886/RKI-GBE-2018-021
The general health of children and adolescents in Germany. Results of the cross-sectional KiGGS Wave 2 study and trends
Data from KiGGS Wave 2 show that 95.7% of parents who participated in the survey rated the overall health of their 3 to 17 year-old children as very good or good. This proportion is higher than the figures identified by the KiGGS baseline study across all age groups. The proportion of children rated as in very good health is highest among 3 to 6 year-olds and decreases with age. Among 14 to 17 year-olds, the proportion of girls in very good health is well below the level found among boys. A pronounced social gradient is still clear from the data: the proportion of parents who assess the overall health of their children as very good or good rises with increasing social status. This highlights the need for strategies to reduce health inequalities that involve society as a whole, and the need for target group-specific measures in prevention and health promotion.
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