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.
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Adolescent sexual health behaviour in Ireland: data dissemination and development.

This work was funded by the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences collaborative grant with the Crisis Pregnancy Programme of the HSE. The project involved a systematic analysis of the sexual health behaviour data collected by the 2010 Irish Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) study. The project included a series of systematic analyses of the HBSC adolescent data, an analytical comparison of HBSC 2010 data with other national sexual health studies including the Irish Contraception and Crisis Pregnancy (ICCP) and Irish Study of Sexual Health and Relationships (ISSHR) studies, and replication of published findings on the patterns of sexual behaviour with representative Irish data. The project also involved the development and piloting of new sexual health questions for inclusion in the 2014 Irish HBSC study and collaboration with stakeholders to develop and implement enhanced dissemination mechanisms.

 

Publications

Burke, L., Nic Gabhainn, S., & Kelly, C. (2018). Socio-demographic, health and lifestyle factors influencing age of sexual initiation among adolescents. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 15(9), 1851. download

Young, H., Burke, L., & Nic Gabhainn, S. (2018). Sexual intercourse, age of initiation and contraception among adolescents in Ireland: Findings from the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) Ireland study. BMC Public Health, 18, 362. download 

Burke, L., D’Eath, M., Young, H., & Nic Gabhainn, S. (2016). Consulting with stakeholders about dissemination of sexual health research. Presented to the 13th Congress of the European Federation of Sexology, Dubrovnik, May 2016. See also Clinical Psychology, 9(1), 116. download

Nic Gabhainn, S., Young, H. & Burke, L. (2016). Sexual behaviour among adolescents in Ireland: findings from the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) study. Presented to the 13th Congress of the European Federation of Sexology, Dubrovnik, Croatia, May 2016. See also Clinical Psychology, 9(1), 100. download

Young, H., Burke, L. & Nic Gabhainn, S. (2016). Exploring adolescent sexual behaviour: a pilot study of questions for inclusion in the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children study. Presented to the 13th Congress of the European Federation of Sexology, Dubrovnik, May 2016. See also Clinical Psychology, 9(1), 110. download

Young, H., Költő, A., Reis, M., Saewyc, E., Moreau, N., Burke, L., Cosma, A., Windlin, B., Nic Gabhainn, S., & Godeau, E. (2016). Sexual health questions included in the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) Study: An international methodological pilot investigation. BMC Medical Research Methodology, 16, 169. download

Burke, L., D’Eath, M., Young, H., & Nic Gabhainn, S. (2015). Consulting stakeholders about dissemination. National Institute of Health Sciences (NIHS) Research Bulletin, 7(2), 62. download 

Ramiro, L., Windlin, B., Reis, M., Nic Gabhainn, S., Jovic, S., Matos, M.G., Magnusson, J., & Godeau, E. (2015). Gendered trends in early and very early sex and condom use in 20 European countries from 2001 to 2010. European Journal of Public Health, 25(2), 65-68. download

Burke, L., D’Eath, M., Young, H., & Nic Gabhainn, S. (2014). An exploration of dissemination tools and mechanisms among young people. Children’s Research Digest, 1(1), 44-45. download 

Young, H., Burke, L., & Nic Gabhainn, S. (2014). Contraceptive methods used by sexually active Irish adolescents. National Institute of Health Sciences Research Bulletin, 7(1), 42.  download

Burke, L., D’Eath, M., Young, H., & Nic Gabhainn, S. (2014). Adolescent sexual health behaviour: An exploration of dissemination tools and mechanisms among stakeholder groups. Report to the Crisis Pregnancy Programme. Galway: Health Promotion Research Centre, NUI Galway. download

Young, H., Burke, L., & Nic Gabhainn, S. (2014). An international comparison of sexual health behaviour among adolescents: Findings from the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) study. Report to the Crisis Pregnancy Programme. Galway: Health Promotion Research Centre, NUI Galway. download

Young, H., Burke, L., & Nic Gabhainn, S. (2014). Moving forward in the measurement of sexual health behaviour among post-primary school students in Ireland. Report to the Crisis Pregnancy Programme. Galway: Health Promotion Research Centre, NUI Galway. download

Burke, L., Gavin, A., Courtney, L., Nic Gabhainn, S. & Kelly, C. (2013). Sexual behaviour of 15-17 year olds in the mid-west region and in care. Short report for the Red Ribbon project. Galway: Health Promotion Research Centre, National University of Ireland, Galway. download   

Burke, L., Young, H., & Nic Gabhainn, S. (2013). Sexual Behaviour and Contraceptive Use: Comparing adolescents and young adults in Ireland: Secondary analysis of the Irish Contraception and Crisis Pregnancy (ICCP) study, the Irish Study of Sexual Health and Relationships (ISSHR) and the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) study. Report to the Crisis Pregnancy Programme. Galway: Health Promotion Research Centre, NUI Galway. download

Burke, L., Young, H., & Nic Gabhainn, S. (2013). Sexual Behaviour and Contraceptive Use: Comparing adolescents and young adults in Ireland: Secondary analysis of the Irish Contraception and Crisis Pregnancy (ICCP) study, the Irish Study of Sexual Health and Relationships (ISSHR) and the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) study. Summary Report.  Report to the Crisis Pregnancy Programme. Galway: Health Promotion Research Centre, NUI Galway. download

Gajewski, J., Young, H., Burke, L., Courtney, L., & Nic Gabhainn, S. (2013). HBSC 2014: Pilot study for HBSC 2014 questions. Galway: Health Promotion Research Centre, National University of Ireland, Galway. download  

 Young, H., Burke, L., & Nic Gabhainn, S. (2013). Sexual Behaviour, initiation and contraception among adolescents in Ireland: Findings from the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) study. Report to the Crisis Pregnancy Programme. Galway: Health Promotion Research Centre, NUI Galway. download

 

Presentations

Burke, L., Kelly, C., & Nic Gabhainn, S. (2018). Cultural and health factors associated with early sexual initiation. Presented at the 32nd conference of the European Health Psychology Society 'Health Psychology across the Lifespan: Uniting Research, Practice and Policy'. Galway, August 2018. download‌  

Burke, L., Nic Gabhainn, S., & Kelly, C. (2018). Circumstances and behaviours associated with early first sexual intercourse among adolescents in Ireland. Presented at the 2018 HBSC Annual Scientific Meeting. Warsaw, June 2018. download  

Burke, L., Nic Gabhainn, S., & Kelly, C. (2017). Contextual socio-demographic and lifestyle factors associated with early sexual initiation among adolescents in Ireland. Presented at the 2017 HBSC Annual Scientific Meeting. Bergen, June 2017. download 

Burke, L., D’Eath, M., Young, H., & Nic Gabhainn, S. (2014). An exploration of dissemination tools and mechanisms: Consultation among different stakeholder groups. Presented at the 18th Annual Health Promotion Conference: Applying the Principles of Health Promotion to Population Health Improvement. Galway, June 2014. download   

Burke, L., Young, H., & Nic Gabhainn, S. (2014). Sexual behaviour of adolescents in the Republic of Ireland: Future research plans of the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) study. Presented at the Improving Children’s Lives Conference. Belfast, February 2014. download  

Young, H. (2014). Sexual practices of adolescents in Ireland: findings and future research plans of the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) Study. Presented at Understanding Young People, Alcohol and Sexual Behaviour, Knowing What Works, Creating Change. Galway, January 2014. download  

Young, H., Burke, L., Nic Gabhainn, S. (2014). Sexual behaviour of adolescents in the Republic of Ireland: Findings from the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) study. Presented at the Improving Children’s Lives Conference. Belfast, February 2014. download 

Young, H. (2013). Evidence-based sexual health policies: The role of the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children Study (HBSC). Presented at the 17th Annual Health Promotion Conference: Health in All Policies: Strengthening Multisectoral Health Promotion in an Irish Context. Galway, May 2013. download  

Young, H. (2013). Sexual health questions for use in the HBSC study 2013/2014: findings from an international pilot study. Presented at the HBSC 30th Anniversary Conference. St Andrews, Scotland, June 2013. download  

Young, H. & Burke. L. (2013). Irish teenage sex: Hype or horror. Presentation to the Threesis Event, NUI Galway, November 2013. download  

Young, H., Burke, L., Callaghan, M., Courtney, L., & Nic Gabhainn, S. (2013). An international pilot study of sexual health questions for use in the health behaviour in school-aged children study 2013/2014. Presented at the 10th Annual Psychology Health and Medicine Conference. Dublin, May 2013. download

Young, H., Burke, L., & Nic Gabhainn S. (2013). Sexual behaviour, initiation and contraceptive use among adolescents in Ireland – analysis of the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) Study. Invited presentation to the National Sexual Health Awareness Week Conference, Royal College of Physicians in Ireland, Dublin, November 2013download