Research Topics

The following national and international studies and projects provide an overview about the research topics Child Public Health is concerned with.


Current Projects and Studies

The BELLA study tries to monitor mental health and behaviour of children and adolescents in Germany. It will be followed by the BELLAplus study which is the continuation of the BELLA study


The HBSC study ("Health Behaviour in School-aged Children") is an ongoing international WHO study aiming to examine the relationship between health behaviour and the subjective reported health of children and adolescents.

The KIDSCREEN study developed and conducted the psychometric testing of the generic KIDSCREEN questionnaire which is a standardised and cross-culturally applicable measure to assess Health Related Quality of Life in children and adolescents.

The Kids-CAT study is developing, validating and standardising the first German computer-adaptive test to assess Health Related Quality of Life in healthy and chronically ill children and adolescents.

The KINDLR is a short (only 24 items) and flexible instrument to evaluate health related quality of life in children which is psychometrically tested.

The CAT-SCREEN is the computer-based version of the KINDLR.

The paediatric PROMIS project serves the improvement of assessment and conceptualisation of child health.

Within the Refugee Children Study, the research section "Child Public Health" is responsible for diagnostics and accompanying Research in the Outpatient Center for Refugees  at the university hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf. It is targeted to assess traumatizing experiences, mental health issues, risk behaviours, and Treatment objectives of refugee children and therefore to support physicians and therapists in their treatment planning.

Completed Projects

The AOK family study summarises results of different studies to provide concrete recommendations for action to families.

The Child-EuroQoL project was initiated by the EuroQol Group to develop a child friendly version of the EQ-5D instrument.

The EvAKuJ study is an observational study for evaluating ambulant treatment and hospital treatment of overweight children and adolescents in Germany.

The model project "Treasure Hunt” by the HAG focuses on health promotion in day care centres, which aims strengthening the mental wellbeing of children.

PrimaSchule is an evaluation study for improving the scholastic health promotion considering especially socially disadvantaged groups and migrants.

The RICHE Project („Research Into Child Health in Europe“) is set up to investigate Child and Adolescent Health in Europe. The main objectives are the identification of gaps and priorities in child health research at the EU level and the development of a Roadmap for the future of European Child and Adolescent Health Research.

The U-evaluation study is about evaluation of the exemplary reminder and notification system for statutory early detection screening U6 (10th till 12th month of life) and U7 (21st till 24th month of life) in Hamburg.

Within the WHO expertise the background paper “Socioeconomic inequalities in mental health among adolescents in Europe” was draw up, which deals with social disparity regarding the mental health of children and adolescents in Europe.




Prof. Dr. phil. Ulrike Ravens-Sieberer

MPH, Professorin für


Gesundheitspsychologie und

Versorgung von Kindern und

Jugendlichen in Deutschland