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. HBSC Ireland surveys school-going children aged 9-18 years. The study is conducted by the HBSC Ireland team, based at the Health Promotion Research Centre, NUI Galway.

Trends in Health Behaviours 1998-2018

Current smoker
Children were asked how often they smoke at present. The response ranged from ‘I do not smoke’ to ‘every day’. Current smokers, defined as smoking monthly or more frequently, are presented in this visual.

Ever been drunk
Children were asked if they have ever had so much alcohol that they were really drunk. The response options ranged from ‘never’ to ‘yes, more than 10 times’. The findings in this visual present the percentage of children who reported having ever been drunk.

Cannabis use in the last 12 months
Children were asked if they have taken cannabis in the last 12 months. The response options ranged from ‘never’ to ‘40 times or more’. The findings in this visual present the percentage of children who reported cannabis use in the last 12 months.

Bullying others
Children were asked how often they had taken part in bullying another person(s) at school in the past couple of months. The response options ranged from ‘I have not bullied another student at school in the past couple of months’ to ‘several times a week’. The findings in this visual present the percentage of children who reported they have bullied others once or more frequently in the past couple of months.

Trying to lose weight
Children were asked whether they are on a diet or doing something else to lose weight at present. The response options were ‘no, my weight is fine’, ‘no, but I should lose some weight’, ‘no, I need to put on some weight’ and ‘yes’. The findings in this visual present the percentage of children who reported being on a diet or doing something else to lose weight at present.

Fruit consumption
Children were asked how often they eat fruit. The response options ranged from ‘never’ to ‘every day, more than once’. The findings in this visual present the percentage of children who reported eating fruit more than once a day.

Tooth brushing
Children were asked how often they brush their teeth. The response options ranged from ‘never’ to ‘more than once a day’. The findings in this visual present the percentage of children who reported brushing their teeth more than once a day.

Seatbelt use
Children were asked how often they use a seatbelt when they sit in a car. The response options were ‘rarely or never’, ‘sometimes’, ‘often’, ‘always’, ‘usually there is no seatbelt where I sit’ and ‘I never travel by car’. The findings in this visual present the percentage of children who reported always wearing a seatbelt when travelling by car.

Vigorous exercise
Children were asked how often they usually exercise in their free time so much that they get out of breath or sweat. The response options ranged from ‘never’ to ‘every day’. The findings in this visual present the percentage of children who reported vigorous exercise four or more times a week.

Having had sexual intercourse
Young people aged 15 to 17 were asked about engaging in sexual intercourse. The findings in this visual present the percentage of young people who reported that they have ever had sex.

Condom use at last sexual intercourse
Young people aged 15 to 17 who had ever had sex were asked if they used a condom at last intercourse. The findings in this visual present the percentage of young people who reported that they used a condom at last intercourse.

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