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.

1998 Nat rep cover‌The report of the SLÁN (Survey of Lifestyles, Attitudes and Nutrition), adults aged 18+ years and HBSC (Health Behaviour in School-aged Children), school-going children aged 10-17 years was published in February 1999.

download the full report:
Friel, S., Nic Gabhainn, S. & Kelleher, C. (1999). The National Lifestyle Surveys: Survey of Lifestyle, Attitudes and Nutrition (SLÁN) and the Irish Health Behaviour in School-aged children survey (HBSC). Dublin: Department of Health and Children. download

A total of 187 schools participated in the study with 8,497 pupils completing the questionnaire.

We would like to extend a big thank you to all the children, their schools and parents for taking part in the 1998 HBSC study. Without your participation and time the study would not have been such a success. 

Our Frequently asked questions page has further information on HBSC Ireland categorised by background, methodology, confidentiality and dissemination. 



General Health


Alcohol and other substances

Food and Nutrition



Findings from HBSC Ireland 1998 have been widely distributed in reports, journal articles, factsheets and presentations to various interest groups. Information on some key publications can be found here and a full list of publications and articles etc. can be found on the publications page. 



Regional Results of the National Health and Lifestyle Surveys

Published in June 1999 this report examines key lifestyle variables according to age, sex and gender across the 10 Health Board regions in the National Lifestyle Surveys, SLAN (Survey of lifestyles, Attitudes and Nutrition) and HBSC (Health Behaviours among School-going Children).

Download the full report here:   
Friel, S., Nic Gabhainn, S., & Kelleher, C. (1999). Regional results from the National Lifestyle Surveys: Survey of Lifestyle, Attitudes and Nutrition (SLÁN) and the Irish Health Behaviour in School-aged children survey (HBSC). Dublin: Department of Health and Children. download  

1998 Full Variable Report

This report presents findings from children on socio-demographic patterns in the health behaviours, risk behaviours, health outcomes and social contexts of young people's health. The findings are presented by age group, gender and social class.

Download the full report here: 

Nic Gabhainn, S. & Kelleher. (2000). HBSC 1998 Full Variable Report. Galway: Centre for Health Promotion Research, National University of Ireland, Galway. download  


(See the HBSC International website for more HBSC International publications.)

Health and health behaviour among young people. International Report from the 1997/1998 Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) study

Published in 2000 the research findings presented in this report are derived from the 1997/1998 survey. This report provides a preliminary overview of comparative data from 26 European countries or regions, Canada and the United States of America. Data collection involved over 120 000 students.

Download the full report here:  
Currie, C., Hurrelmann, K., Settertobulte, W., Smith, R., & Todd, J. (Eds.) (2000). Health and health behaviour among young people. International Report from the 1997/1998 Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) study. WHO Policy Series: Health Policy for Children and Adolescents Issue 1. Copenhagen|: WHO Regional Office for Europe. download 



Department of Health and Children: 
The National Children’s Strategy – Our Children, Their Lives. (2000).  download 
The National Health Promotion Strategy 2000-2005. (2000).  download 
The Strategic Task Force on Alcohol - Interim Report. (2002). download 

Department of Tourism, Sport & Recreation: 
Building on Experience: National Drugs Strategy 2001-2008. (2001). download 

National Conjoint Child Health Committee: 
Developing an Adolescent Friendly Health Service. (2001)   download 

HRB – Drug Misuse Research Division: 
Report to the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Abuse by the Reitox national focal point of Ireland: National report on drug issues Ireland, 2000. (2000).   download