Perceived teacher unfairness and headache in adolescence: A cross-national comparison

Michela Lenzi, Alessio Vieno, Roberto De Vogli, Massimo Santinello, Veronika Ottova, Tibor Baška, Robert Griebler, Inese Gobina, Margarida Gaspar De Matos

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Objectives: The present study examines the prevalence of headache in early adolescents in 21 European and North-American countries and the role of perceived teacher unfairness in predicting this health complaint across different countries. Methods: Data were taken from the "Health Behaviour in School-aged Children" study (HBSC), a World Health Organization cross-national survey on health behaviors in 11-, 13- and 15-year-old students. Headache and perceived teacher unfairness were measured through a self-administered questionnaire filled out by 115,212 adolescents. Results: The overall prevalence of frequent headaches (at least once a week) was 28.8%, ranging from 18.9% in Slovenia to 49.4% in Israel. After adjusting for gender, grade, family affluence, school achievement, being bullied and lifestyles (drinking, smoking, eating and physical activity), teacher unfairness showed a significant association with frequent headache in all but two countries (Ukraine and Luxembourg). Conclusions: Our results show that headache is a common health symptom in European and North-American countries, even though there are substantial differences in its prevalence across countries. The study indicates that perceived teacher unfairness can be a significant predictor of frequent headache during adolescence, and this association is consistent across countries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)227-235
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Public Health
Volume58
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2013
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Adolescence
  • Cross-national
  • Headache
  • School
  • Teacher unfairness
  • WHO

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health(social science)

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Lenzi, M., Vieno, A., De Vogli, R., Santinello, M., Ottova, V., Baška, T., ... De Matos, M. G. (2013). Perceived teacher unfairness and headache in adolescence: A cross-national comparison. International Journal of Public Health, 58(2), 227-235. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00038-012-0345-1

Perceived teacher unfairness and headache in adolescence : A cross-national comparison. / Lenzi, Michela; Vieno, Alessio; De Vogli, Roberto; Santinello, Massimo; Ottova, Veronika; Baška, Tibor; Griebler, Robert; Gobina, Inese; De Matos, Margarida Gaspar.

In: International Journal of Public Health, Vol. 58, No. 2, 04.2013, p. 227-235.

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Lenzi, M, Vieno, A, De Vogli, R, Santinello, M, Ottova, V, Baška, T, Griebler, R, Gobina, I & De Matos, MG 2013, 'Perceived teacher unfairness and headache in adolescence: A cross-national comparison', International Journal of Public Health, vol. 58, no. 2, pp. 227-235. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00038-012-0345-1
Lenzi, Michela ; Vieno, Alessio ; De Vogli, Roberto ; Santinello, Massimo ; Ottova, Veronika ; Baška, Tibor ; Griebler, Robert ; Gobina, Inese ; De Matos, Margarida Gaspar. / Perceived teacher unfairness and headache in adolescence : A cross-national comparison. In: International Journal of Public Health. 2013 ; Vol. 58, No. 2. pp. 227-235.
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