WHO Launches Health Behaviour in School Aged Children (HBSC) Report

4 Jun 2004

The full International report of the Health Behaviour in School Aged Children study (HBSC) was launched today, Friday 4th June, by the World Health Organisation. This report includes the Irish data collected as part of the National Health and Lifestyles Surveys (SLAN & HBSC).The Dental Health Foundation welcomes the launch of this report, as the first major presentation of the international data from the 2001/2002 HBSC survey. The survey covered the physical, emotional and psychological aspects of health, and the influences of the family, schools and peers on young people aged 11, 13 and 15 years in 35 countries and regions in the WHO European Region and North America. The main body of the report gives comprehensive cross-national data on health and well-being, smoking, alcohol consumption, physical activity and sedentary behaviour, eating habits and body image, oral health, bullying and fighting, injuries and – for the first time – cannabis use and sexual health. Other chapters describe the contexts of young people's health, show some relationships between the two, and discuss the implications of the survey's main findings for the future development of policies and programmes.This report provides high-quality information valuable to all who work for and with children and adolescents – be they policy-makers, planners and practitioners, educators, parents or care givers – and of course to young people themselves.The full report is available on the World Health Organisation's website. Click here to view