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22 August 2017

The Health Behaviour and School-aged Shildren study

The Health Behaviour in School-aged Children study is a World Health Organisation cross-national collaborative study which is conducted every four years in an increasing number of countries. As its name suggests, the study is a survey of the health behaviour of 11- to 15-year-olds in more than 40 (mostly European) countries. In Switzerland, which became a member country in 1986, the study is conducted by Addiction Switzerland (formerly Swiss Institute of the Prevention of Alcohol and Drug Problems, SIPA). Funding is provided by the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) and the Swiss cantons.

Data on schoolchildren's risk and protective health behaviours are collected according to a standardised methodology to ensure international comparisons. These data are a valuable source of information on time trends in health behaviours. Moreover, the international and multidisciplinary HBSC research network offers the ideal environment for acquiring and sharing new knowledge. Finally, the HBSC study is a particularly useful resource for the development and re-design of prevention and health promotion measures. Many reports, factsheets and scientific articles reflect the international importance of the study (a complete list of these publications is available on the international HBSC website).



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