The Health Behaviour in School-aged Children Survey (HBSC) is an international survey, conducted in cooperation with the World Health Organization (WHO). More than 6000 Austrian students ages 11 to 17 participate every four years and commit information on their health and health behaviour. As part of an international network, partners in more than 46 countries and regions collect comparable data that is collated into a unique data set for our understanding of the health and health behaviour of adolescents.
HBSC aims to provide trend data on certain aspects of adolescent health and to show correlations and interactions between a number of determinants and health indicators. On the basis of the survey it is possible to show how family, school and leisure variables influence the health and health behaviour of students. Finally, national HBSC data also provides some indicators for some of the Austrian Health Targets.
The 10th survey round is being conducted during the present school year 2017/18. In Austria, the HBSC study is conducted by the IfGP, commissioned and financed by the Federal Ministry of Health and Women’s Affairs. The national Principal Investigator is Mag.a Dr.in Rosemarie Felder-Puig, MSc. All questionnaires are fully anonymised and all participating parties are committed to confidentiality the protection of privacy.
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