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Recent Journal publication

February 2020

A new study, led by HBSC Ireland team member Dr András Költő linking patterns of romantic attraction with self-rated health and health symptoms, has been published in the Journal of LGBT Health. ‘Self-reported health and patterns of romantic love in adolescents from eight European countries and regions’ is the first study to examine adolescent romantic love patterns across multiple countries, and to test whether they are related to health outcomes.

Adolescents aged 15 years from eight European countries and regions (Bulgaria, England, France, French Belgium, Hungary, Iceland, North Macedonia and Switzerland) were asked if they had ever been in love and whether they had been in love with someone of the opposite gender, the same gender, both or neither. 

Commenting on the findings, lead author Dr András Költő stated: “This study suggests that bisexual young people and adults are even more affected by poor health than their lesbian and gay peers of the same age, and all sexual minority youth are faring considerably worse than their heterosexual peers. This is likely to be connected to the discrimination, prejudice and high levels of stress many LGBTI+ (the abbreviation stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex or belonging to other sexual or gender minority) young people experience in their everyday lives. We hope these findings will supplement Ireland’s National LGBTI+ Youth Strategy 2018-2020, the world’s first governmental strategy that aims to improve sexual and gender minority young people’s health and wellbeing.”

The data does not feature Irish youths but HBSC Ireland plan to present findings on Irish young people in the coming months. 

The article can be downloaded at:

HBSC Scotland 2018 National ReportCover HBSC scotland 2018 report

3 February 2020

We are delighted to welcome HBSC national report from partners in Scotland.

Inchley, J., Mokogwu, D., Mabelis, J., Currie, D. (2020) Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) 2018 Survey in Scotland: National Report. MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow download

HBSC England 2018 National ReportHBSC England 2018 report

30 January 2020

We are delighted to welcome HBSC national report from partners in England. 

Brooks, F., Klemera, E., Chester, K., Magnusson, J., & Spencer, N. (2020). HBSC England National Report: Findings from the 2018 HBSC study for England. Hatfield, England: University of Hertfordshire. download

HBSC Ireland 2018 National Report

9 January 2020

HBSC Ireland 2018 National Report coverThe 2018 HBSC Ireland Report is launched today Thursday 9 January 2020 by Minister for Health Simon Harris TD and Minister for Health Promotion Catherine Byrne TD . 

Download the full report here:
Költő, A., Gavin, A., Molcho, M., Kelly, C., Walker, L., & Nic Gabhainn, S. (2020). The Irish Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) Study 2018. Dublin: Department of Health & Galway: Health Promotion Research Centre, National University of Ireland, Galway. download (5,699KB)

A copy of the launch presentation by András Költő is also available to download‌ (2001KB)

Download the press release ‌download (392KB)

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Health in Ireland: Key Trends 2019

January 2020

HBSC Ireland data is included in Health in Ireland: Key Trends 2019 published by the Department of Health.  The report touches on several areas, including demographics, population health, hospital and primary care, employment and expenditure and highlights the significant achievements that Ireland has made for key health outcomes in the past decade. download

Adolescent Health and Development in the WHO European Region: Can we do better?

July 2019

HBSC Ireland data is featured a new report from the WHO European Regaion. The report  supports countries in the European Region to take action to improve their adolescents’ health and development. The report provides a rationale for investing in children 10–19 years old in the context of the Global Accelerated Action for the Health of Adolescents (AA-HA!) and investing in children the WHO European strategy for child and adolescent health (2015–2020).

Scott, E., Whitehead, R., Aleman-Diaz, A.Y., & Weber, M. (2019). Adolescent health and development in the WHO Europen Region: Can we do better? Copenhagen: WHO Regional Office for Europe, 2019.  download

Recent Presentations

June 2019

HBSC team member Kiah Finnegan presented findings from an online survey regarding schools preferences for online or paper questionnaires for future HBSC studies at the recent Annual Health Promotion Conference: Building a Healthy Ireland: promoting health and welling being in educational settings.
Finnegan, K., Gavin, A., Kolto, A., Kelly, C., & Nic Gabhainn, S. (2019). Should the Irish Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) data collection move online? Presented at the 23rd Annual Health Promotion Conference: building a healthy Ireland: promoting health and wellbeing in educational settings, NUIG Galway, June 2019. download (564KB)

AK Iceland presentationAt the recent HBSC Spring Network Meeting held in Reykjavik, Iceland between 18-20 June 2019, HBSC Ireland Senior Postdoctoral Researcher Dr Andras Kolto received Special Commendation for his presentation on LGBTI+ equality and perceived health of young people. 

Kolto, A., & Nic Gabhainn, S. (2019). LGBTI+ equality and self-reported health of 15-year-old adolescents in eight European countries. download (2044KB)

UNESCO report "Behind the Numbers: Ending School Violence and Bullying"

February 2019

A new report ‘Behind the numbers: Ending school violence and bullying’ published  by UNESCO found bullying is a widespread problem that no society in the world is immune from. The publication provides an overview of the most up-to-date evidence on school violence and bullying, including global and regional prevalence and trends from the HBSC study and GSHS survey, and of evidence from successful national responses to school violence and bullying.

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