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HBSC Ireland recent publications

We are happy to announce recent publications from the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) study, based in the Health Promotion Research Centre, NUI Galway.

The international report compares 11, 13 and 15 year olds, by gender, on mental well-being, health promoting and health compromising behaviours (dietary habits, physical activity, substance use), and aspects of children’s lives, such as school, families and peer relationships across the 45 countries. It also shows where levels of family affluence are related to how well children are doing on the various indicators. There is a special focus on the use of electronic media communication, including social media use included in the main report.

The international report is available to download from:

Accompanying the international HBSC report is a special issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health. This includes the first research papers from the HBSC 2018 study. All papers are free to access and can be found at Three articles might be of specific interest:

Cosma, A., Stevens, G., Martin, G., Duinhof, E L., Walsh, S.D., Garcia-Moya, I., Kolto, A., Govina, I., Canale, N., Catunda, C., Inchely, J., & de Looze, M D. (2020). Cross-national time trends in adolescent mental well-being from 2002 to 2018 and the explanatory role of schoolwork pressure. Journal of Adolescent Health, 66(6), S50-S58.

Cosma, A., Walsh, S. D., Chester, K. L., Callaghan, M., Molcho, M., Craig, W., & Pickett, W. (2020). Bullying victimization: time trends and the overlap between traditional and cyberbullying across countries in Europe and North America. International Journal of Public Health65(1), 75-85. 

Löfstedt, P., García-Moya, I., Corell, M., Paniagua, C., Samdal, O., Välimaa, R., Lyyra, N., Currie, D., & Rasmussen, M. (2020). School satisfaction and school pressure in the WHO European region and north America: An analysis of time trends (2002–2018) and patterns of co-occurrence in 32 Countries. Journal of Adolescent Health, 66(6), S59-S69.

You may be interested in a report prepared in collaboration with the Institute of Public Health and the National Cancer Control Programme, which looks at the data and policy on Irish children’s sun exposure (

Family Carers Ireland have recently published findings on the health and wellbeing of child carers in Ireland, drawing on our research work. The report can be downloaded from:

All reports and papers based on HBSC Ireland can be found on our website

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