Spotlight on adolescent health and well-being

Findings from the 2017/2018 Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) survey in Europe and Canada


Date of publication:  15 May 2020 Author:  Jo Inchley, Dorothy Currie, Sanja Budisavljevic, Torbjørn Torsheim, Atle Jåstad, Alina Cosma, Colette Kelly & Ársæll Már Arnarsson Publisher:  World Health Organization (WHO) Publication type:  Report / Study / Data

Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC), a WHO collaborative cross-national study, has provided information about the health, well-being, social environment and health behaviour of 11-, 13- and 15-year-old boys and girls for over 30 years.

The 2017/2018 survey report presents data from over  220 000 young people in 45 countries and regions in Europe and Canada. The data focus on the below information, what are relevant to young people's health and well-being: 

  • social context (relations with family, peers, school and  online  communication),
  • health outcomes (subjective health, mental health, overweight and obesity, and injuries),
  • health behaviours (patterns of eating, physical activity and toothbrushing),
  • risk behaviours (use of tobacco, alcohol and cannabis, sexual behaviour, fighting and bullying),
  • electronic media communication and cyberbullying,
  • measures of individual health complaints and underweight.

More information is available:

  • Volume 1 shows the key findings from the 2017/2018 survey,
  • Volume 2 provides key data disaggregated by country/region, age, gender and family affluence,
  • The summary shows the main findings and scientific and policy implications of the survey.
Total number of pages: 
70 + 140
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