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 Social Contexts of Children’s Lives 1998-2018

Communication with mother
Children were asked how easy it is to talk to their mother about things that really bother them. The response options ranged from ‘very difficult’ to ‘very easy’. The findings in this visual present the percentage of children who reported it is easy or very easy to talk to their mother.

Communication with father
Children were asked how easy it is to talk to their father about things that really bother them. The response options ranged from ‘very difficult’ to ‘very easy’. The findings in this visual present the percentage of children who reported it is easy or very easy to talk to their father.

Living with both parents
Children were asked who lives in the home where they live all or most of the time. The findings in this visual present the percentage of children who reported that their mother and father live in the main home.

Liking school
Children were asked how they feel about school at present. The response options ranged from ‘I don’t like it at all’ to ‘I like it a lot’. The findings in this visual present the percentage of children who reported liking school a lot or a bit.

Organising school events
Children were asked if students in their class(es) get involved in organising school events. The response options ranged from ‘strongly disagree’ to ‘strongly agree’. The findings in this visual present the percentage of children who reported that they agree or strongly agree.

Pressured by school work
Children were asked how pressured they feel by the school work they have to do. The response options ranged from ‘not at all’ to ‘a lot’. The findings in this visual present the percentage of children who reported feeling some or a lot of pressure from school work.

Close friends of the same sex
Children were asked how many close male and female friends they have at present. The response options ranged from ‘none’ to ‘three or more’. The findings in this visual present the percentage who reported having three or more friends of the same sex.

Evenings out with friends
Children were asked how many evenings per week they usually spend out with friends. The response options ranged from ‘0 evenings’ to ‘7 evenings’. The findings in this visual present the percentage of children who reported spending four or more evenings per week out with friends.

Communication with friends of the same sex
Children were asked how easy it is to talk to friends of the same sex about things that really bother them. The response options ranged from ‘very difficult’ to ‘very easy’. The findings in this visual present the percentage of children who reported it is easy or very easy to talk to friends of the same sex.

Feel safe in local area
Children were asked if they generally feel safe in the area where they live. The response options ranged from ‘rarely or never’ to ‘always’. The findings in this visual present the percentage of children who reported always feeling safe in the area where they live.

Good places to spend free time
Children were asked if there are good places in the local area to spend their free time. The response options ranged from ‘strongly disagree’ to ‘strongly agree’. The findings in this visual present the percentage of children who reported that they agree or strongly agree.

Help or favours from neighbours
Children were asked if they could ask for help or a favour from neighbours. The response options ranged from ‘strongly disagree’ to ‘strongly agree’. The findings in this visual present the percentage of children who reported that they agree or strongly agree that they could ask for help or a favour from neighbours.

 

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