Family health

Analysis of Print Media Coverage of Intrafamilial Homicide Cases in Québec From 2007 to 2012

The way in which the media portray spousal violence and intrafamilial homicide, regardless of whether the focus is on reported incidents or the problem in general, can have an impact on the public’s perception of the problem. For example, media coverage of intrafamilial homicides highlights the sudden and inexplicable nature of such acts, leading to the belief that they are almost impossible to prevent. However, an analysis of records from the coroner’s office revealed that in most of the…

Synthesis and summary

Binge Drinking Among Youth in Québec: Portrait and Evolution from 2000 to 2012

Alcohol use and the many social and health issues associated with it are public health concerns. The impact of alcohol depends primarily on the total volume of alcohol consumed and the pattern of drinking, particularly drinking a large quantity on a single occasion (WHO, 2009).

This work has allowed us to develop a current profile of binge drinking among youth in Québec who drink alcohol and to examine the trends and changes over time in this consumption pattern from 2000 to 2012.…

Synthesis and summary

Electronic Cigarette Use Among Secondary School Students in Québec: 2012-2013

Electronic cigarettes are new devices with which users mimic the gestures and produce the feeling of smoking without exposing themselves to the toxic by-products of tobacco combustion. While many experts consider them to be a less harmful alternative for smokers' health than conventional cigarettes, others are concerned that they could renormalize smoking and provide a gateway to conventional cigarettes for young people.

This study is one of the first to assess electronic cigarette…

Research report, study and analysis

The Built Environment Around Schools and the Lifestyle Habits of Young People: State of Knowledge and Québec Overview

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Most scientific studies show meaningful connections between the characteristics of the built environment and the eating habits, physical activity and body weight of young people. The factor that appears to be most closely associated with students' weight and eating habits is the density of convenience stores and fast food restaurants in the vicinity of the school. The characteristics of the built environment that have the greatest influence on physical…
Knowledge review

The sociocultural environment and lifestyle habits of adolescents: A better understanding for action

In early adolescence, young people adopt lifestyle habits that could play a determining role in their future health. At this early age, they begin to develop their independence, while continuing to be influenced by their sociocultural environment. Sociocultural factors have an impact on eating habits and physical activity, and this is even more true in adolescence when youth are in the process of learning and experimenting.

The results of the Ados 12-14 study (see box, page 3) show…

Synthesis and summary

Conditions for Success of Actions to Promote Total Child Development: State of Knowledge

The purpose of the Joint Intervention Initiative for Early Childhood Development (JIIECD) is to support the development of the children of Québec, improve their school readiness and enhance their success in school. The first phase involves conducting the Québec Survey of Child Development in Kindergarten (QSCDK). The second phase consists of implementing actions that may support child development on the basis of the results obtained in the first phase. Several partners are collaborating in…

Knowledge review

Smoking Cessation and Québec Students: 2006-2007 to 2010-2011

Over the years, specific efforts have been made to reach young people so that, on the one hand, they do not become tobacco-dependent, and on the other hand, they stop smoking. Several interventions have been developed specifically for them, as for example the youth coalition against smoking, the De Facto campaign, and the iQuitnow Website for adolescents. The few data available suggest that smoking cessation services such as the quit smoking centres, and the iQuitnow telephone…

Research report, study and analysis

Prevalence of Cigarette and Cigar or Cigarillo Use Among Students in Québec: 2010-2011

The publication of the second issue in the “Youth Smoking Survey” (YSS) series in 2010 showed the trends in cigarette and cigar or cigarillo use among students in Québec in 2006-2007 (Lasnier and Cantinotti, 2010). The purpose of this document is to update the smoking profile of Secondary 1 to 5 students using data collected in 2008-2009 and 2010-2011. Indicators are presented for the proportion of students who smoked cigarettes in the 30 days preceding the survey, the proportion of…

Research report, study and analysis

Conditions for Success of Actions to Promote Total Child Development : Tool for reflection

This tool was developed to support the collective decision-making process concerning actions to promote total child development. It is designed for local and regional actors seeking to take an objective look at the services available in their areas based on the outcomes of the Québec Survey of Child Development in Kindergarten (QSCDK). This tool can be used to conduct a self-evaluation based on the ten conditions for success set out in the document Conditions for Success of Actions to…

Professional practice guidelines

Work-Family Balance and Health: Can Québec Draw Inspiration from Government Policies Implemented in Other Jurisdictions? A Summary

The issue of work-family balance (WFB) has not been given much attention in terms of its impact on health. Therefore the purpose of this advisory is to examine WFB policies likely to foster the health of working mothers and fathers. The conceptual framework is innovative in that the analysis incorporates the impact of WFB difficulties on health, the role of the neighbourhood, working conditions and public policy in the work-family-health equation.

The statistical portrait of WFB in…

Synthesis and summary