The main objective of WP4 is to develop a conceptual framework to help us understand how social characteristics and disadvantages affect inequalities in environmental exposures and differential environmental exposure effects on mental health among children and young people.

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WP4 focuses on the social and psychosocial factors that infants (pre-, peri-, postnatal), children, and adolescents experience as individuals, or as members of a family or community – their so called ‚Social Exposome'. We will investigate how these factors impact on the external exposome, the children’s/young people’s vulnerability to the health effects from these external environmental exposures, and ultimately their development, cognitive functioning, and mental health. In addition, where and how children and young people from different social backgrounds spend their time at different life stages will be collected in the form of time-activity patterns and used as input for WP4.

The resulting conceptual model will explain how inequalities in the Social Exposome relate to inequalities in the External Exposome and later mental health and cognition effects for childen/young people within the broader Exposome concept. This understanding of embodying inequalities will enable the development of indicators that can be applied to assess intermediate and differential health effects, allowing the analysis of large groups of children/young people from across Europe to explore the Social Exposome.

Based on the health-in-all-policies approach, a further objective is to assess how these inequalities in the Social and External Exposome are minimised or reinforced in particular contexts by policies from different sectors.