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 is one of 51 countries and regions across Europe and North America that make up the HBSC Network.

The HBSC Ireland team, based at the Health Promotion Research Centre, University of Galway conducted the first nationally representative survey of Irish school children in 1998, and then in 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018. The next HBSC Ireland survey is due to take place in 2022.

HBSC 2022

Data collection is now complete for the 2022 survey round with over 10,000 participants. The 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. 
Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) is a cross-national research study conducted in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe. The study works on a 4 year cycle and 2022 marks the beginning of a new cycle for HBSC Ireland. This is the 7th time that HBSC Ireland has collected data on school-aged children since 1998.

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

HBSC Ireland Trends report infographic

download a printable copy of this Infographic of findings from the latest HBSC Ireland Trends report