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HEALTH BEHAVIOUR IN SCHOOL-AGED CHILDREN (HBSC) IRELAND
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.
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.
Overall, reported levels of general health remained stable between 2010 (32%) and 2014 (34%).
A number of child-developed indicators were included for the first time. These were self-confidence, feeling comfortable with friends, love of family and participation in hobbies.
There was an overall decrease from 2010 to 2014 in reported levels of ever smoking (16% in 2014 vs 28% in 2010) and drunkenness (21% in 2014 vs 31% in 2010). There was an increase in levels of never drinking (58% in 2014 vs 52% in 2010).
Additional questions on exposure to second-hand smoke and access to cigarettes were included for the first time. Exposure to second-hand smoke was common at home and in the family car. Many children reported that it is easy to buy cigarettes or get someone else to buy cigerattes for them in most shops in the area where they live and go to school.
Overall, 23% of children report that they consume fruit more than once a day (20% in 2010) and 22% report eating vegetables more than once a day (20% in 2010).
The percentage of children who report eating sweets (27%) and drinking soft drinks (13%) daily or more has decreased since 2010. Overall, 13% of children report that they never have breakfast during weekdays and this remains unchanged from 2010 (13%).
The proportion of children who report they ever go to school or to bed hungry because there is no food at home remains stable:21% in 2010 versus 22% in 2014.
Overall, 16% of chidren report trying to lose weight, an overall increase from 2010 (13%).
Children were asked to report, for the first time, on what influences their body image. The most frequently cited factors were peers, the media and self-perception.
Overall, reported levels of vigorous exercise remainted stable between 2014 and 2010 with 52% of children exercising vigorously four or more times a week (50% in 2010).
A new indicator on club participation was included in the 2014 survey with 66% of 10 to 14 year olds reporting playing with a club,
Overall, 70% of children reported brushing their teeth more than once a day this remains stable from 2010 (68%).
Reported seatbelt usage also remained stable between 2014 (81%) and 2010 (82%).
The overall proportion of children who reported being in a physical fight has decreased (29% in 2014 vs 34% in 2010).
Children who reported bullying others in school has decreased (13% in 2014 vs 16% in 2010) while those who reported ever been bullied remained stable (25% in 2014 vs 24% in 2010).
New questions on aspects of cyber bullying were included and more girls and older children report being victims of cyber bullying.
DISSEMINATIONFindings 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 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 http://www.hbsc.org/ 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.
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
The 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.
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)