‌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 Outcomes 1998-2018

Headache
Children were asked how often they experienced headaches in the last six months. The response options ranged from ‘rarely or never’ to ‘about every day’. The findings in this viisual present the percentage of children who reported experiencing headaches about every week or more frequently over the last six months.

Feeling low
Children were asked how often they experienced feeling low in the last six months. The response options ranged from ‘rarely or never’ to ‘about every day’. The findings in this visual present the percentage of children who reported experiencing feeling low about every week or more frequently over the last six months.

Times injured
Children were asked how many times they had been injured and had to be treated by a doctor or nurse during the past 12 months. The response options ranged from ‘I was not injured in the past 12 months’ to ‘4 times or more’. The findings in this visual present the percentage of children who reported having been injured once or more frequently and requiring medical attention.

Self-rated health
Children were asked how they would describe their health. The response options were ‘poor’, ‘fair’, ‘good’ and ‘excellent’. The findings in this visual present the percentage of children who reported their health as excellent.

Happy with life at present
Children were asked how they feel about their life at present. The response options ranged from ‘not happy at all’ to ‘very happy’. The findings in this visual present the percentage of children who reported feeling very or quite happy about their life at present.

Life satisfaction
Children were asked to rate their life satisfaction on a scale from ‘0’ (the worst possible life) to ‘10’ (the best possible life). The findings in this visual present the percentage of children who reported high life satisfaction (a score of 7 or more).

The interactive data visual below will update based on the tab selected (at the top of the visual) and items selected in the legend on the right.

      • Select an indicator from the drop down list at the top right
      • Check or uncheck any items in the legends on the right to filter/highlight the data
      • Hover over the chart to see a pop-up with further information
      • Clicking within the chart will also highlight data; use ctrl & click to highlight multiple data
      • Click the icons at the bottom of the visual to:
         reset (return the visual to the default setting)
         share (get a URL link and embed code)
         download a version of the visual
         view the visual in full screen mode