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.

HBSC 2022

HBSC International Report Launch

Launched on World Mental Health Day, 10th October 2023, the report 'A focus on adolescent mental health and well-being in Europe, Central Asia and Canada' is the first in a series of international reports using data from the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) survey 2021/2022. The report is available to download from
More information can be found on the WHO Europe website.

HBSC Ireland 2022

Data collection is now complete for the 2022 survey round with over 10,000 participants. The HBSC Ireland national report is due for publication in early 2024. 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. 

Watch a short video with information of the HBSC study
For more information see the HBSC 2022 page.