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HEALTH BEHAVIOUR IN SCHOOL-AGED CHILDREN (HBSC) IRELAND
World Health Organization Collaborative Cross-National Study
UNICEF publish report on children and the sustainable development goals
15 June 2017
HBSC Ireland is included in the latest Report Card issued by UNICEF. Building the Future: Children and the Sustainable Delevopment Goals in Rich Countries is the first report to assess the status of children in 41 high-income countries in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) identified as most important for child well-being. It ranks countries based on their performance and details the challenges and opportunities that advanced economies face in achieving global commitments to children.
The report is available to download from the UNICEF website.
HBSC Ireland Trends 1998-2014
30 May 2017
The latest 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 now available:
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)
This 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 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/
Adolescent obesity and related behaviours: trends and inequalities in the WHO European Region, 2002–2014
17 May 2017
HBSC Ireland data features in the new WHO report Adolescent obesity and related behaviours: trends and inequalities in the WHO European Region, 2002–2014. 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 Ireland data is included in an article in the current issue of the National Institute of Health Sciences Research Bulletin:
Perry, C.P., Keane, E., Molcho, M. & Nic Gabhainn, S. (2017). Mapping the characteristics of children who report that they 'don't know' the potential consequesces of smoking. National Institute of Health Sciences Research Bulletin, 7(4), 52. download (502KB)
State of the Nation's Children Report: Ireland 2016
Monday 6th March 2017
The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone TD, has today published the State of the Nation's Children Report: Ireland 2016. 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 report points to considerable improvements in key aspects of Irish children’s lives, while also highlighting areas of concern. The State of the Nation's Children: Key Findings Ireland 2016 is also available.
New Short Reports
The HBSC Ireland team have recently completed the following short reports:
Burke, L. & Gavin, A. (2017). HBSC Ireland 2014: young people's drinking in the North Dublin area. Galway: Health Promotion Research Centre, NUI Galway. Short report for Louise McCulloch, North Dublin Regional Drugs Task Force. download (826KB)
Gavin, A. & Keane, E. (2017). HBSC Ireland 2014: club participation and physical activity. Galway: Health Promotion Research Centre, NUI Galway. Short report for Dr Aoife Lane, Waterford Institute of Technology. download (374KB)
Lifestyle behaviours for health and wellbeing
Former HBSC team member Eimear Keane has posted a blog for SPHeRE (Structured Populations and Health-services Research Education). The post Lifestyle behaviours for health and wellbeing contains references to Eimear's work here with HBSC Ireland.
Physical activity, screen time, and the risk of subjective health complaints in school-aged children
The Irish Examiner (January 25) features an article on HBSC Ireland's findings on physical activity, sedentary behaviour and subjective health complaints in school-aged children. The findings are published in the March 2017 edition of Preventative Medicine.
Click here to read the Irish Examiner article.
Click here to link to the Preventative Medicine journal article.
Health at a Glance: Europe 2016
HBSC Ireland data is included in the report Health at a Glance: Europe 2016. State of Health in the EU Cycle. The report presents key indicators of health and health systems in the 28 EU countries, 5 candidate countries to the EU and 3 EFTA countries. The publication is the result of a renewed collaboration between the OECD and the European Commission under the broader "State of Health in the EU" initiative, designed to support EU member states in their evidence-based policy making.
OECD/EU. (2016). Health at a Glance: Europe 2016 – State of Health in the EU Cycle. OECD Publishing, Paris. download
New Journal Articles
An article written by HBSC Ireland team members is now available on-line. The article 'Physical activity, screen time and the risk of subjective health complaints in school-aged children' uses HBSC Ireland 2014 data and explores if meeting physical activity and total screen time (TST) recommendations are associated with the risk of reporting health complaints weekly or more.
Keane, E., Kelly, C., Molcho, M. & Nic Gabhainn, S. (In press). Physical activity, screen time and the risk of subjective health complaints in school-aged children. Preventive Medicine. download
HBSC Ireland data is also used in the following articles:
Whitehead, R., Berg, C., Cosma, A., Gobina, I., Keane, E., Neville, F. Ojala, K. & Kelly, C. (2016). Trends in adolescent overweight perception and its association with psychosomatic health 2002-2014: evidence from 33 countries. Journal of Adolescent Health. download
Young, H., Költő, A., Reis, M., Saewyc, E., Moreau, N., Burke, L., Cosma, A., Windlin, B., Nic Gabhainn, S. & Godeau, E. (In press). Sexual health questions included in the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) Study: and international methodological pilot investigation. BMC Medical Research Methodology. download
Physical Activity Strategy 2016-2025
This physical activity strategy contains HBSC data and was prepared in the light of the existing voluntary global targets set out in the WHO Global action plan for the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases 2013–2020, endorsed by the Sixty-sixth World Health Assembly in May 2013. The strategy focuses on physical activity as a leading factor in health and well-being in the European Region, with particular attention to the burden of noncommunicable diseases associated with insufficient activity levels and sedentary behaviour. It aims to cover all forms of physical activity throughout the life-course.
The report is available to down load from the WHO Europe website.
New International Factsheet
WHO Europe have published a new Fact Sheet on adolescent sexual health based on the 2013/2014 HBSC data. The Fact Sheet presents key facts and figures from the 2013/2014 survey along with a comparison to the 2009/2010 survey.
The Sexual Health Fact Sheet is available in English and Russian from the WHO Europe website.
International Fact Sheets from the 2013/2014 survey are also available for the following topics:
These Fact Sheets are available to download in various languages from the WHO Europe website.
HBSC Ireland data was presented at the following recent international conferences:
Keane, E., Kelly, C., Molcho, M. & Nic Gabhainn, S. (2016). Physical activity, screen time and the risk of subjective health complaints in school-aged children. Presented at the European Association for Research on Adolescence XV Biennial Conference. La Barrosa, Cadiz, September 2016. download (1026KB)
Perry, C.P., Keane, E., Molcho, M., Kelly, C. & Nic Gabhainn, S. (2016). The association between markers of diet quality and wellbeing in adolescents. Presented at the 60th annual meeting Society for Social Medicine. York, September 2016. download (863KB)
Recent Short Reports
The HBSC team have recently produced two new short reports at the request of the TobaccoFree Research Institute and the Institute of Public Health in Ireland. These reports can be downloaded below:
Gavin, A. & Keane, E. (2016). HBSC Ireland 2014: Tobacco use among 15 to 17 year olds. Galway: Health Promotion Research Centre, NUI Galway. Short report for Keisha Taylor, TobaccoFree Research Institute. download (441KB)
Perry, C., Keane, E. & Molcho, M. (2016). Injuries among schoolchildren in Ireland in 2010 and 2014. Galway: Health Promotion Research Centre, NUI Galway. Short report for Jude Cosgrove, Institute of Public Health in Ireland. download (721KB)
All short reports produced by the HBSC Ireland team can be found on the short reports page.
HBSC team members have given various presentations at recent conferences.
Catherine Perry (pictured) presented at the HBSC International meeting held in Stockholm 15-17th June. Her presentation 'The association between markers of diet quality and wellbeing in adolescents aged 12-18' is avialable to download.
HBSC Ireland was also represented with the following presentations at the 20th Anniversary Annual Health Promotion Conference hosted at the National University of Ireland (NUI) Galway on Wednesday 15th June, 2016:
Callaghan, M. & Kelly, C. (2016). Informing food policies in post-primary schools in Ireland: Knowledge to Action. download (1,119KB)
Perry, C.P., Keane, E., Molcho, M., Kelly, C. & Nic Gabhainn, S. (2016). The association between markers of diet quality and wellbeing in adolescents. download (932KB)
25 May 2016
The 2014 factsheets are now available. These factsheets comprise 2 page summaries of some of the key findings from the 2014 HBSC survey.
Factsheet 1 - Smoking behaviour among schoolchildren in Ireland. download (457KB)
Factsheet 2 - Drunkenness among schoolchildren in Ireland. download (424KB)
Factsheet 3 - Dieting behaviour among schoolchildren in Ireland. download (427KB)
Factsheet 4 - Exercise among schoolchildren in Ireland. download (435KB)
Factsheet 5 - Sexual behaviour among schoolchildren in Ireland. download (464KB)
Knowledge 4 Health Conference 2016
25 May 2016
Member's of the HBSC Ireland team are attending the Knowledge 4 Health Conference in Dublin and will showcase the HBSC project as well as launching the 2014 factsheets.
A special poster with information about HBSC has been produced for the showcase and is available to download (1554KB).
Ollscéala - NUIG staff newsletter
The latest eddition of Ollscéala, the NUIG staff newsletter, includes coverage and a photo of the most recent HBSC National report launch.
HBSC Ireland: Traveller children's health and lifestyle - Short report
Requested by the Primary Health Care Project, Pavee Point Traveller and Roma Centre this short report compares Traveller children's health and lifestyle with other children in Ireland.
Perry, C., Keane, E., Callaghan, M. & Molcho, M. (2016). Traveller children's health and lifestyle compared to all other children in Ireland. Galway: Health Promotion Research Centre, NUI Galway. (485KB)
HBSC and UNICEF shed light on growing inequality among children in high income countries
14 April 2016
A new UNICEF report, including analysis and data from the HBSC study, 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.
2014 HBSC international report: Growing up unequal: gender and socioeconomic differences in young people's health and well-being published
15 March 2016
The new 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
HBSC Ireland: Young Carers in the 2014 HBSC study - Short report
This short report presents a brief analysis of the 2014 HBSC survey data on young carers in Ireland. Overall, data from 10,368 school-children aged 10-17 were analysed.
Callaghan, M., Keane, E. & Molcho, M. (2016). HBSC Ireland: Young Carers in the 2014 HBSC study. Galway: Health Promotion Research Centre, NUI Galway. download (269KB)