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 Ireland 2018 Health symptoms

Children were asked ‘In the past 6 months: how often have you had the following…? Headache, Stomachache, Backache, Feeling low, Irritability or bad temper, Feeling nervous, Difficulties getting to sleep, Feeling dizzy’. The response options were:

  • About every day
  • More than once a week
  • About every week
  • About every month
  • Rarely or never

In the visualisation below:

  • The tab ‘All Symptoms’ compares the various symptoms by selecting the frequency from the drop down list on the right.
  • Check or uncheck any items in the legend to filter/highlight the data
  • Hover over the chart to see a pop-up with further information
  • Clicking within the chart will also highlight data; use ctrl & click to highlight multiple data
  • Click the icons at the bottom of the visual to:~
     reset (return the visual to the default setting)
     share (get a URL link and embed code)
     download a version of the visual
     view the visual in full screen mode (recommended)