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Self-perceived health and psychological well-being among Serbian schoolchildren and adolescents: data from National Health Survey


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The purpose was to determinate possible factors associated with psychosocial health through self-perceived health and psychological well-being among Serbian schoolchildren and adolescents. A cross-sectional study. The study is based on the 2006 National Health Survey of the population of Serbia. A total of 2,721 schoolchildren and adolescents were included. Face-to-face questionnaire and self-administered questionnaire were used for collection of data. For the assessment of psychosocial health we created two indicators (varibles): Self perceived health (using the categorical principal components), and Psychological well-being (using reliability analisys). Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics, Pearson’s correlation coeficient and categorical regression. Self-perceived health was found to have a positive association with gender, age, objective and subjective socioeconomic status. Psychological well-being was associated with gender, age, social support, objective and subjective socioeconomic status. Age group was strongly associated with self-perceived health and psychological well-being. Older respondents and female perceived their health to be better than others. Male and respondents in age group 7–11 had higher levels of psychological well-being. Results show that both demographic and socioeconomic variables have an important influence on schoolchildren and adolescent self-perceived health and psychological well-being.










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  • Institute of Social Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia
  • Institute of Social Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia
  • Faculty of Economics, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia
  • Institute of Epidemiology, School of Medicine, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia


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