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02.09.2020 | review article | Ausgabe 19-20/2021

Wiener klinische Wochenschrift 19-20/2021

Determinants of health and well-being in adolescents

Review of sex differences with a focus on boys

Wiener klinische Wochenschrift > Ausgabe 19-20/2021
Gloria Mittmann, Beate Schrank
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Idea and critical revision by Beate Schrank; literature search, analysis, and original draft preparation by Gloria Mittmann with supervision from Beate Schrank.

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A wide variety of variables determine health and well-being in adolescence. How these variables may differ in relation to gender or sex is often not clear. In addition, research on sex differences often focuses on females rather than males. This review gives an overview on the literature with respect to possible gender/sex-specific determinants and correlates of health and well-being in adolescent boys. The search strategy used the approach of a narrative review, which led to 17 papers being included. The data synthesis employed a qualitative and descriptive analysis approach. We found sex differences in three categories: clinical symptoms, health and well-being, and risk behavior. The results show a variety of determinants that lead to sex differences in health outcomes, such as peer relations, social economic status, physical activity and coping styles. Strengths and limitations of the literature and implications for future research are discussed.

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