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.


The following research projects have been undertaken by or in association with members of the HBSC Ireland research team. Click on the project name for details of funding and published reports. If you would like more detail on any of them, please contact us at

Health Literacy for Lifeskills: Background and Schools Guidance (2019)

Health Quality Mark Review (2019)

LGBTI+ youth research landscape review and gap analysis (2019)

Evidence Review on Case Management (2016-2017)

Public perceptions of Child and Family Supports in Ireland (2015-2019)

The learning platform for preventing childhood obesity in Europe (2013-2018)

Evaluation of the Galway Alcohol Policy (2013-2017)

Comhairle na nÓg showcase (2014-2015)

Adolescent sexual health behaviour in Ireland: data dissemination and development (2013-2015)

Alcohol marketing and young people's health (2013-2014)

Foróige's relationships and sexuality programme (2012-2013)

European child safety alliance (2011-2012)

Irish youth health promotion bibliography (2010-2011)

Healthy eating and physical activity in schools across Europe (2008-2010)

Substance misuse among new communities (2008-2009)

Ethical review and children's research in Ireland (2007-2010)

Survey of lifestyle, attitudes and nutrition (2007-2010)

Contribution to the development of a data strategy for children (2007-2009)

Understanding food poverty (2007-2008)

Galway healthy cities (2007-2008)

Marketing of food in post-primary schools (2006-2007)

Contribution to the state of the nation’s children report (2006-2016)

Mapping child health among family support services (2005-2006)

Implementing social, personal and health education (2005-2007)

Developing a consensus on policy responses to sexual health issues (2005)

Policy and practice implications of the Irish HBSC (2004-2005)

Children’s understandings of wellbeing (2004-2005)

Evaluation of the national drugs awareness campaign (2003-2005)

Youth health information networks in Europe (2003-2004)

Stimulant drinks consumption in context (2001-2003)

Economic aspects of smoking in Europe (2001-2002)