HEY: Health Equity in Youth


During adolescence, young people can develop various physical and/or psychosocial problems. Young people with a social disadvantage can end up in a negative spiral in which these different problems reinforce each other. The interaction of socio-contextual factors with a clustering of physical and psychosocial problems is indicated by the concept called syndemics. The use of syndemics helps for a better understanding of the mechanisms that cause problems in certain high-risk groups of young people.


The LUMC, in collaboration with the UMCG and TNO, is investigating the explanatory mechanisms that are hidden behind the risks of clustering problems among young people aged between 12 and 18 years. Our aim is to develop a theoretical framework that provides insight into these underlying mechanisms that lead to the accumulation of problems and to provide pointers for the design of interventions.


The LUMC conducts qualitative research into the socio-contextual aspects that can explain the risks of health problems and analyses the associated mechanisms from a medical anthropological perspective. Simultaneously, the UMCG provides insights into the various accumulations of health problems and mechanisms based on data extracted from three databases focussed on adolescents (TRAILS, RISK, PIPPI). Together with various partners in Youth Health Care, TNO will identify leads for the development or adaptation of interventions based on this theoretical framework.


Drs. R.W. de Ronde
Dr. M.R. Crone
Dr. J.A. de Wilde
Prof. dr. R. Reis


R.W. de Ronde: r.w.de_ronde@lumc.nl


UMCG, TNO, Dutch Center for Child and Adolescent Health


Dutch National Research Agenda, NWO