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, University of Galway.

Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) is a cross-national research study conducted in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe. The study works on a 4 year cycle and 2022 marks the beginning of a new cycle for HBSC Ireland. This is the 7th time that HBSC Ireland has collected data on school-aged children since 1998.

Data collection for the 2022 study is now complete with over 10,000 participants. The HBSC Ireland would like acknowledge all the parents and children who consented and participated as well as the management authorities, principals and teachers in all schools that participated.

The team are now working on the data collected for publication of the national report later in 2023. 

HBSC Ireland is funded by the Department of Health. The Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Intergration and Youth supports and recognises its importance. Organisations representing school management, teachers and parents have also been informed of the study.  Ethical approval has been obtained from University of Galway Research Ethics Committee.

The study is conducted internationally in 51 countries and regions across Europe and North America. For more information on the HBSC International Network see the HBSC International page or the website 

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A number of frequently asked questions relevant to the following groups give further information on the study: