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HEALTH BEHAVIOUR IN SCHOOL-AGED CHILDREN (HBSC) IRELAND
World Health Organization Collaborative Cross-National Study
The Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) survey is a WHO collaborative cross-national study that monitors the health behaviours, health outcomes and social environments of school-aged children every four years.
Within Ireland data has been collected since 1998 over 5 survey rounds (1998, 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014). Internationally data has been collected for over 25 years. Findings have been widely disseminated and this page highlights publications which include HBSC Ireland data and compare results over time.
Trends in Health Behaviours, Health Outcomes and Contextual Factors between 1998-2014.
The HBSC Ireland report Trends in Health Behaviours, Health Outcomes and Contextual Factors between 1998-2014: findings from the Irish Health Behaviour in School-aged Children Study was launched on 30 May 2017 by Deputy Marcella Corcran Kennedy T.D., Minister of State for Health Promotion at the Department of Health.
The report explores the trends in the health and wellbeing of children in Ireland between 1998 and 2014. To date, HBSC Ireland has collected data from 49,268 school-aged children aged 10-17 years across the Republic of Ireland. The report describes the self-reported health status of children in Ireland over time in relation to key indicators: health behaviours, health outcomes and the contexts of their lives. Internationally comparable trends data are also included.
Download the report:
Keane, E., Gavin, A., Perry, C., Molcho, M., Kelly, C. & Nic Gabhainn, S. (2017). Trends in Health Behaviours, Health Outcomes and Contextual Factors between 1998-2014: findings from the Irish Health Behaviour in School-aged Children Study. Dublin: Department of Health & Galway: Health Promotion Research Centre, National University of Ireland, Galway. download (3.01MB)
Download a copy of the presentation given by Professor Saoirse Nic Gabhainn at the launch download (2.85MB)
View the short video highlighting aspects of the report https://www.facebook.com/nuigalway/videos/10154957303399079/
HBSC Ireland Trends Report 1998-2010
The first HBSC Ireland Trends Report was launched on 23 September 2013 by Dr James Reilly TD, Minister for Health. The report explores the trends in the health and well-being of children in Ireland between 1998 and 2010. Using data collected in 1998, 2002, 2006 and 2010 from 39,915 school-aged children across the Republic of Ireland this report reviews the self-reported health status and behaviours of children in Ireland over this time period in relation to key indicators: the contexts of their lives, health behaviours and health outcomes.
Also included are internationally comparative trend data where the overall relative ranking of children in Ireland is compared to those from 27 other countries and regions that also collected data between 1998 and 2010.
Gavin, A., Molcho, M., Kelly, C. & Nic Gabhainn, S. (2013). The HBSC Ireland Trends Report 1998-2010: Child Health Behaviours, Outcomes and Contexts. Dublin: Department of Health download (959KB)
HBSC Ireland Short Reports
Keane, E., Callaghan, M. & Molcho, M. (2016). HBSC Ireland 2014: trends in soft drink consumption in Irish schoolchildren from 1998 to 2014. Galway: Health Promotion Research Centre, NUI Galway. Short report for Institute of Public Health in Ireland. download (539KB)
Gajewski, J. & Nic Gabhainn, S. (2013). HBSC Ireland: socio-economic variations in tobacco smoking among school-aged children in Ireland: 2002, 2006 and 2010. Galway: Health Promotion Research Centre, NUI Galway. Short report for Helen McAvoy, Institute of Public Health. download (418KB)
Callaghan, M., Gavin, A. & Nic Gabhiann, S. (2012). HBSC Ireland: tobacco use among schoolchildren in Ireland 2010, 2006, 2002 and 1998. Galway: Health Promotion Research Centre, NUI Galway. Short report to the Health Research Board. download (302KB)
Doyle, P., Molcho, M. & Nic Gabhainn, S. (2009). HBSC Ireland: age related patterns in alcohol consumption and cannabis use among Irish children between 1998-2006. Galway: Health Promotion Research Centre, NUI Galway. Short report to the Health Research Board. download (59KB)
Nic Gabhainn, S. (2008). HBSC Ireland: smoking behaviour between 1998-2006. Galway: Health Promotion Research Centre, NUI Galway. Short report to the Population Health Directorate, Health Services Executive. download (28KB)
See the HBSC International website http://www.hbsc.org/ for more HBSC International publications.
Trends and inequalities in adolescent alcohol behaviours across Europe
The report launched on September 26th by the World Health Organisation European Office includes data from HBSC Ireland on alcohol use among schoolchildren in Ireland between 2002 and 2014. Overall the report demonstrates that alcohol consumption, early initiation and drunkeness are decreasing across Europe and that there are fewer gender differences in alcohol behaviour than in the past. Of particular relevance are very substantial (around 20%) reductions in drunkeness among adolescents in Ireland between 2002 and 2014.
“To ensure the successes achieved so far are maintained, governments are urged to adopt approaches which engage the population at all ages. In addition, more efforts are needed, particularly in countries where the rate of change has been slow. Investments in adolescent health pay off with a triple dividend of benefits for adolescents – now, for their future adult lives and for the next generation.” Carina Ferreira Borges | WHO Regional Office for Europe Programme Manager for Alcohol and Illicit Drugs
The full report can be downloaded from http://www.euro.who.int/en/hbsc-alcohol-report
Adolescent obesity and related behaviours: trends and inequalities in the WHO European Region, 2002–2014
HBSC Ireland data features in the WHO report Adolescent obesity and related behaviours: trends and inequalities in the WHO European Region, 2002–2014 which was launched on 17 May 2017. The report presents the latest trends in obesity, eating behaviours, physical activity and sedentary behaviour from the Health Behaviour in School-Aged Children (HBSC) study, and highlights gender and socioeconomic inequalities across the WHO European Region.
Trends have previously been reported separately, but this report brings together for the first time HBSC data on obesity and obesity-related behaviours to review the latest evidence and consider the range and complexity of factors influencing childhood obesity.
Download a copy of the trends charts for Ireland download (870KB)
HBSC Network: Trends in young people’s health and social determinants
The special report on trends, published Tuesday 24 March 2015, is a collection of in-depth studies of comparable data on a wide range of topics, from multiple countries and repeated surveys of school children. Findings include some significant improvements in how young people report their own health and well-being.
Overall, the results suggest that while there are still causes for concern, contemporary adolescents are in a better position than past generations.
The special supplement, published by The European Journal of Public Health, pulls together 20 papers from researchers taking part in the HBSC study and provides insights into the social determinants of young people’s health and well-being across Europe and North America.
Chzhen, Y. Moor, I., Pickett, W., Toczydlowska, E. & Stevens, G. (2018). International trends in 'bottom-end' ineauality in adolescent physical activity and nutrition: HBSC study 2002-2014. The European Journal of Public Health, 28(4), 624-630. download
Whitehead, R., Berg, C., Cosma, A., Gobina, I., Keane, E., Neville, F. Ojala, K. & Kelly, C. (2017). Trends in adolescent overweight perception and its association with psychosomatic health 2002-2014: evidence from 33 countries. Journal of Adolescent Health, 60,(2), 204-211. download
Lazzeri, G., Ahluwalia, N., Niclasen, B., Pammolli, A., Vereecken, C., Rasmussen, M., Pendersen, T. & Kelly, C. (2016). Trends from 2002 to 2010 in daily breakfast consumption and its socio-demographic correlates in adolescents across 31 countries participating in the HBSC study. PLoS ONE 11(3). download
Elgar, F.J., Pfortner, T.K., Moore, I., De Clercq, B., Stevens, G.W. & Currie, C. (2015). Socioeconomic inequalities in adolescent health 2002-2010: a time-series analysis of 34 countries participating in the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children study. The Lancet, 385, No. 9982, p2088–2095. download
Elgar, F.J., Pickett, K.E., Pickett, W., Craig, W., Molcho, M., Hurrelmann, K. & Lenzi, M. (2013). School bullying, homicide and income inequality: a cross-national pooled time series analysis. International Journal of Public Health, 58(2), 237-245. download(320KB)
Pickett, W., Molcho, M., Elgar, F., Brooks, F., de Looze, M., Rathmann, K., te Bogt, T., Nic Gabhainn, S., Sigmundová, D., de Matos, M., Craig, W., Walsh, S., Harel-Fisch, Y. & Currie, C. (2013). Trends and socioeconomic correlates of adolescent physical fighting in 30 countries. Pediatrics 131(1), e18-e26. download (823KB)