New HBSC report launched today

Today, the newest Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) survey is launched and puts spotlight on adolescent health and well-being. 227,441 young people aged 11, 13 and 15 years in 45 countries participated in the survey that took place in 2017/2018.

The report reveals new insights about the physical health, social relationships and mental well-being of school-aged children. The report shows e.g. that overall mental well-being declines as children grow older, with girls particularly at risk of having poor mental well-being outcomes compared to boys. One in four adolescents report feeling nervous, feeling irritable or having difficulties getting to sleep at least once a week. In around a third of countries, the report revealed a rise in adolescents feeling pressured by schoolwork and a decline in young people reporting to like school, compared with 2014. In most countries school experience worsens with age, with school satisfaction and adolescents’ perception of support from and classmates declining as schoolwork pressure increases.

The report, 'Spotlight on adolescent health and well-being' is divided into two volumes. Volume 1 provides an overview of the key findings highlighting important gender and socioeconomic differences, as well as changes since the last survey in 2013/2014. Volume 2 presents key data in a series of charts showing country/region-level and overall prevalence by age, gender and family affluence. Find the report here;

Volume 1

Volume 2

The Journal of Adolescent Health's special issue, Understanding Adolescent Health and Wellbeing in Context: Cross-National Findings from the HBSC study

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