World Health Organization Collaborative Cross-National Study

‌ Welcome to the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) Ireland website.

On this website you can find information about the HBSC study along with details of the HBSC Ireland team members, research findings and publications.

HBSC Ireland has been a member of the HBSC Network since 1994. The HBSC Ireland team, based at the Health Promotion Research Centre, National University of Ireland, Galway conducted the first survey of Irish school children in 1998. The latest report from the 2018 survey  was launched on Thursday 9 January 2020. Previous surveys were conducted in 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014. HBSC Ireland surveys school-going children aged 9-18 years.

HBSC is a cross-national research study conducted in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe. HBSC Ireland is one of 49 countries and regions across Europe and North America that make up the HBSC Network.

HBSC collects data every four years on children and adolescent’s health and well-being, social environments and health behaviours. The findings are used at both national and international level to:

  •  gain new insight into young people’s health and well-being
  •  understand the social determinants of health
  •  inform policy and practice to improve young people’s lives 


HBSC Ireland National Reports