Patterns of health behaviours that occured together were linked into a series of lifestyle groups. For example, the largest group among both mothers and partners was ‘Never-smoked drinkers’, who never regularly smoked but drank frequently, and the second largest group was ‘Abstainers’ who had low participation in both unhealthy (smoking, drinking) and healthy (exercise, fruit and vegetable consumption) behaviours. The groups also had different social profiles with, for example, the never-smoked drinkers being older and better off.
The lifestyle group of the mother was also strongly linked to the lifestyle group of her child. For example, young people in the ‘unhealthiest’ group tended to have mothers with an unhealthy lifestyle.
- You can read the full report on the PHRC website
- You can also read an article based on the research in Social Science and Medicine- Population Health
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