World Health Organization Collaborative Cross-National Study

The 2014 HBSC Ireland Report was launched by Health Minister Leo Varadkar, on Wednesday 9 December 2015.

Download the full report here:

Gavin, A., Keane, E., Callaghan, M., Molcho, M., Kelly, C. & Nic Gabhainn, S. (2015). The Irish Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) Study 2014. Dublin: Department of Health & Galway: Health Promotion Research Centre, National University of Ireland, Galway. download (722KB)

A total of 230 primary and post primary schools took part with 13,611 children completing the questionnaire.

We would like to extend a big thank you to all of the children, their schools and parents for taking part in the 2014 HBSC study. Without your participation and time the study would not have been such a success.

A copy of the launch presentation by Aoife Gavin is also available to download (8,168KB)

Download the press release download (19KB)

Our Frequently Asked Questions page has further information on HBSC Ireland. 

A full list of publications, articles and presentations containing HBSC Ireland data can be found on the publications & reports page.

Key findings

General health

Substance use

Food and dietary behaviour

Exercise and physical activity



Fighting and Bullying

Sexual Health Behaviours


Findings from HBSC Ireland 2014 are distributed in reports, journal articles, factsheets and presentations to various interest groups. Information on some key publications can be found under the tabs below and a full list of publications and articles etc. can be found on the publications page. 


2014 Factsheets

2014 factsheets are available to download:

  • Smoking behaviour among schoolchildren in Ireland. download (457KB)
  • Drunkenness among schoolchildren in Ireland. download (424KB)
  • Dieting behaviour among schoolchildren in Ireland. download (427KB)‌
  • Exercise among schoolchildren in Ireland. download (435KB)
  • Sexual behaviour among schoolchildren in Ireland. download (464KB)

These factsheets comprise two page summaries of some of the key findings from the most recent HBSC survey.

See the HBSC International website for more HBSC International publications.

2014 HBSC international report: Growing up unequal: gender and socioeconomic differences in young people's health and well-being published

The HBSC international report from the 2013/2014 survey is now available. The report Growing up unequal: gender and socioeconomic differences in young people's health and well-being provides data from 42 countries in Europe and North America. Findings are presented on the demographic and social influences on the health of almost 220,000 young people.

The cross-national survey covers diverse aspects of adolescent health and social behaviour, including self-assessment of mental health; obesity and body image; dietary habits; engagement in physical activity; support from families and peers; tobacco, alcohol and cannabis use; and bullying.

This report has a special focus on the effects of gender and socioeconomic differences on the way that young people grow and develop. Responding to the survey, young people described their social context (relations with family, peers and school), health outcomes (subjective health, injuries, obesity and mental health), health behaviour (patterns of eating, tooth brushing and physical activity) and risk behaviours (use of tobacco, alcohol and cannabis, sexual behaviour, fighting and bullying). For the first time, the HBSC report also includes items on family and peer support, migration, cyberbullying and serious injuries.

Data presented in this report can be accessed at the WHO European Health Information Gateway and via the WHO European health statistics application for iOS and Android devices. 

Further information can be found on the WHO/Europe website 

In addition to the national and international reports HBSC Ireland 2014 data has been used in the following government and other health organisations reports: 

State of the Nation's Children: Ireland 2016

2017 SONC coverThe Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone TD published the State of the Nation's Children Report: Ireland 2016 on 6th March 2017.  This is the sixth such report since 2006, and was compiled by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs with data contributions from a broad range of government departments, agencies and research organisations, including HBSC Ireland.  ‌The State of the Nation's Children: Key Findings Ireland 2016 is also available.

HBSC and UNICEF shed light on growing inequality among children in high income countries

This UNICEF report includes analysis and data from the HBSC study. It presents evidence on how inequality affects children in high income countries.
Innocenti Report Card 13, Fairness for Children: A league table of inequality in child well- being in rich countries, ranks 41 EU and OECD countries according to how far children at the bottom of the distribution fall below their peers in the middle. The report looks at bottom end inequality of income, educational achievement, self-reported health and life satisfaction.

The report is available to download in: English / French / Italian / Spanish

Also available to  download is the HBSC background paper.  

Health in Ireland Key Trends 2015

HBSC Ireland 2014 data is included in Health in Ireland Key Trends 2015, which gives insights into trends in demographics, population health, hospital and primary care and health service employment and expenditure. This is the eighth edition of this easy-to-use reference guide to significant trends in health and health care over the past decade, including population and health status, as well as trends in service provision. This year, new tables, maps and graphs have been included on some specific topics or where new data has been made available.  download (3.56MB)