Health Behaviour in School-Aged Children Study (HBSC)

Regions: North Slave Region

Tags: health, program development, health promotion, public policy, youth

Principal Investigator: Boyce, William F. (2)
Licence Number: 13302
Organization: Queen's University, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Health Sciences, Health Policy Research Unit
Licensed Year(s): 2018 2005 2002
Issued: Apr 26, 2002
Project Team: Dr. Willia

Objective(s): The purpose of the study is to increase understanding of the status and determinants of adolescent health in order to influence the development of effective policies and programs. The HBSC survey was developed by an international consortium of researchers in over 30 countries. An international standard questionnaire enables the collection of common data across all participating countries and thus enables the quantification of patterns of key health behaviours, health indicators and contextual variables. Research into children's health and health behaviours and the factors that influence them is essential for the development of effective health education and health promotion policy, programs and practice targeted at young people. In accordance with the WHO perspective, it is important that young people's health is considered in its broadest sense, encompassing physical, social and emotional well-being. The HBSC 2002 study is the 4th Canadian study into the determinants and status of adolescent health. Queen's University is conducting the Canadian survey. The aims of the study are: 1) to record changes in and gain new insights about the status of youths' health attitudes and behaviours; 2) to increase Canadian and international understanding about the health and lifestyles of young people and 3) to use this information to influence the development and improvement of health promotion and health education programs in Canada and elsewhere.