Familial influence on health

The family and family environment have a strong influence on the psychological, social, and health development of young people. Family composition and structure, as well as the relationships among family members, affect the health of children, adolescents, and young adults. But which specific characteristics contribute to health inequalities and in what combination?
This question is being addressed by a research project at the Brandenburg University of Technology (BTU) at its Senftenberg site, which is part of a research group funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).

The collaborative project, "Institutional Contexts, Health and Health Inequalities among Young People. A life stage approach." brings together leading scientists from six universities and research institutions. In addition to BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg, these are Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, the University of Heidelberg, Ludwig Maximilian University Munich and the Robert Koch Institute. The project is the first DFG-funded research group in the field of medical sociology / public health research.