Instruments for Health Surveys in Children and Adolescents

  • Karin Bammann
  • Lauren Lissner
  • Iris Pigeot
  • Wolfgang Ahrens

Part of the Springer Series on Epidemiology and Public Health book series (SSEH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Wolfgang Ahrens, Karin Bammann, Iris Pigeot
    Pages 1-24
  3. Achim Reineke, Iris Pigeot, Wolfgang Ahrens, Stefan Rach
    Pages 25-45
  4. Karin Bammann, Jenny Peplies, Staffan Mårild, Dénes Molnár, Marc Suling, Alfonso Siani
    Pages 47-55
  5. Jenny Peplies, Kathrin Günther, Andrea Gottlieb, Annette Lübke, Karin Bammann, Wolfgang Ahrens
    Pages 57-76
  6. Antje Hebestreit, Maike Wolters, Hannah Jilani, Gabriele Eiben, Valeria Pala
    Pages 77-102
  7. Kenn Konstabel, Swati Chopra, Robert Ojiambo, Borja Muñiz-Pardos, Yannis Pitsiladis
    Pages 135-173
  8. Wolfgang Ahrens, Fabio Lauria, Annarita Formisano, Luis A. Moreno, Iris Pigeot
    Pages 175-188
  9. Karin Bammann, Lucia A. Reisch, Hermann Pohlabeln, Garrath Williams, Maike Wolters
    Pages 189-207
  10. Ilse De Bourdeaudhuij, Vera Verbestel, Lea Maes, Annunziata Nappo, Charis Chadjigeorgiou, Dénes Molnár et al.
    Pages 231-255
  11. Hannah Jilani, Jenny Peplies, Kirsten Buchecker
    Pages 257-275
  12. Mirko Brandes, Germán Vicente-Rodríguez, Marc Suling, Yannis Pitsiladis, Karin Bammann
    Pages 277-289
  13. Leonie-Helen Bogl, Jaakko Kaprio, Claudia Brünings-Kuppe, Lauren Lissner, Wolfgang Ahrens
    Pages 291-301

About this book


This book describes key methods and instruments for assessing diet-related factors, physical activity, social and environmental factors, physical characteristics and health-related outcomes in children and adolescents. These tools were developed and deployed within the framework of the pan-European IDEFICS and I.Family cohort studies. These population-based field studies were funded within the 6th and 7th European Framework Programme, respectively, and were intended to assess the prevalence and aetiology of lifestyle-related diseases in children, focusing on overweight and obesity, and to develop effective strategies for primary prevention. In the course of a decade we undertook a major research endeavour, collecting standardised data from children, families, neighbourhoods, kindergartens, pre-schools and schools in eight European countries, employing a uniform cross-cultural methodology. This resulted in a rich picture of the daily lives and living contexts of children and their families.

Studies encompassing childhood and adolescence face the particular challenge of the transitions from pre-school to primary school and from childhood to adolescence; accordingly, the instruments used need to be adapted to different developmental stages while maintaining their comparability across the age range. In young children, questionnaires have to be completed by proxies, usually their parents, while older children, particularly adolescents, can provide a major part of the requested information themselves.

This book presents suitable designs, methods and instruments for data collection in studies of children and adolescents. Each chapter explains the development and background of the instruments applied in the surveys and summarises the current state of knowledge. All chapters were written by key experts in their respective research fields. We are grateful for their valuable contributions and their enthusiastic support in producing this book, which also presents survey experiences in which practice does not always follow theory. Participants’ responses can on occasion be unexpected and unpredictable, but meeting these challenges can also enrich epidemiological surveys and yield methodological refinements. We sincerely hope that the book and the online material will be of considerable value to other research teams.


Surveys of children and adolescents Data collection Childhood obesity Large-scale international surveys Dietary behavior Multicenter field studies

Editors and affiliations

  • Karin Bammann
    • 1
  • Lauren Lissner
    • 2
  • Iris Pigeot
    • 3
  • Wolfgang Ahrens
    • 4
  1. 1.Working Group Epidemiology of Demographic Change, Institute for Public Health and Nursing Research (IPP)University of BremenBremenGermany
  2. 2.Department of Public Health and Community Medicine, Sahlgrenska AcademyUniversity of GothenburgGothenburgSweden
  3. 3.Leibniz Institute for Prevention Research and Epidemiology—BIPSBremenGermany
  4. 4.Leibniz Institute for Prevention Research and Epidemiology—BIPSBremenGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-98856-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-98857-3
  • Series Print ISSN 1869-7933
  • Series Online ISSN 1869-7941
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