Health Behaviour in School-aged Children Publications 2016/17

The Health Behaviour in School-aged Children Ireland team collect data and disseminate findings on children and adolescent’s health and well-being, social environments and health behaviours. We would like to let you know about these publications from 2016 and early 2017:

Short Reports (available at

HBSC Ireland 2014: alcohol and cannabis use in schoolchildren in Ireland (updated).
HBSC Ireland 2014: description of the child developed ‘Does your family play with you?’ question asked in HBSC Ireland  2014 study.
HBSC Ireland 2014: health and risk behaviour among school children in Donegal.
HBSC Ireland 2014: injuries among schoolchildren in Ireland in 2010 and 2014.
HBSC Ireland 2014: physical activity and club participation.
HBSC Ireland 2014: tobacco use among 15 to 17 year olds.
HBSC Ireland 2014: traveller children’s health and lifestyle compared to all other children in Ireland.
HBSC Ireland 2014: trends in soft drink consumption in Irish schoolchildren from 1998 to 2014.
HBSC Ireland 2014: young carers in the 2014 HBSC study.
HBSC Ireland 2014: young people’s drinking in the North Dublin area.

International reports
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Adolescents at risk. Psychosomatic health complaints, low life satisfaction, excessive sugar consumption and their relationship with cumulative risks. Innocenti Working Paper No.2016-13. Florence: UNICEF Office of Research.

Early life exposure to Income Inequality and Adolescent Health and Well-being: evidence from the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children Study, Innocenti Working Paper No. 2016-07. Florence: UNICEF Office of Research.

Fairness for Children: a league table of inequality in child well-being in rich countries. Innocenti Report Card 13. Florence: UNICEF Office of Research.

Growing up unequal: gender and socioeconomic differences in young people’s health and well-being. Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) study: international report from the 2013/2014 survey. Copenhagen: WHO Regional Office for Europe.

Health at a Glance: Europe 2016 – State of Health in the EU Cycle. Paris: OECD.

How’s life in Ireland? Paris: OECD.

Physical activity strategy for the WHO European Region 2016-2025. Copenhagen: WHO Regional Office for Europe.

Journal Articles
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Adolescents’ psychological health during the economic recession: does public spending buffer health inequalities among young people? BMC Public Health, 16(1), 860.

Early-life income inequality and adolescent health and well-being. Social Science & Medicine, 174, 197-208.
Is educational differentiation associated with smoking and smoking inequalities in adolescence? A multilevel analysis across 27 European and North American countries. Sociology of Health and Illness, 38(7), 1005-1025.

Physical activity, screen time and the risk of subjective health complaints in school-aged children. Preventive Medicine, 96, 21-27.

Semantics bias in cross-national comparative analyses: is it good or bad to have “fair” health? Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, 14, 70.

Sexual health questions included in the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) study: an international methodological pilot investigation. BMC Medical Research Methodology, 16, 169.

Socioeconomic inequalities in the impact of tobacco control policies on adolescent smoking. A multilevel study in 29 European countries. Addictive Behaviours, 53, 58-66.

The relationship between immigrant school composition, classmate support and involvement in physical fighting and bullying among adolescent immigrants and non-immigrants in 11 countries. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 45(1), 1-16.

Trends from 2002 to 2010 in daily breakfast consumption and its socio-demographic correlates in adolescents across 31 countries participating in the HBSC study. PLoS ONE 11(3).

Trends in adolescent overweight perception and its association with psychosomatic health 2002-2014: evidence from 33 countries. Journal of Adolescent Health, 60(2), 204-211.

Weight concerns among adolescent boys. Public Health Nutrition, 19, 1-7.


Other Publications (available at

Bullying among post-primary children by ethnic status in Ireland. National Institute of Health Sciences Research Bulletin, 7(30), 79.

The association between markers of diet quality and wellbeing in adolescents aged 12-18: a cross-sectional study. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 10(1), A76.


All publications using HBSC Ireland data can be found on the HBSC Ireland website along with news and background information about the study.