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Since 1982 HBSC has been a pioneer cross-national study gaining insight into young people's well-being, health behaviours and their social context. This research collaboration with the WHO Regional Office for Europe is conducted every four years in 50 countries and regions across Europe and North America. With children and young people accounting for 42% of our world's population, HBSC uses its findings to inform policy and practice to improve the lives of millions of young people. [more]

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Journal update - September 2020

The public list of HBSC journal articles has received a major update.

Paper using international data include:

  • Arnarsson, Á. M., Potrebny, T., Torsheim, T., & Eriksson, C. (2019). Time-trends in Nordic adolescents’ communication with their parents. Nordisk välfärdsforskning| Nordic Welfare Research, 4(02), 88-100. DOI: 10.18261/issn.2464-4161-2019-02-06

  • Cosma, A., Walsh, S. D., Chester, K. L., Callaghan, M., Molcho, M., Craig, W., & Pickett, W. (2019). Bullying victimization: time trends and the overlap between traditional and cyberbullying across countries in Europe and North America. International journal of public health, 1-11. DOI: 10.1007/s00038-019-01320-2

  • Due, P., Eriksson, C., Torsheim, T., Potrebny, T., Välimaa, R., Suominen, S., ... & Damgaard, M. T. (2019). Trends in high life satisfaction among adolescents in five Nordic countries 2002–2014. Nordisk välfärdsforskning| Nordic Welfare Research, 4(02), 54-66. DOI: 10.18261/issn.2464-4161-2019-02-03

  • Eriksson, C., Arnarsson, Á. M., Damsgaard, M. T., Löfstedt, P., Potrebny, T., Suominen, S., ... & Due, P. (2019). Towards enhancing research on adolescent positive mental health. Nordisk välfärdsforskning| Nordic Welfare Research, 4(02), 113-128. DOI: 10.18261/issn.2464-4161-2019-02-08

  • Eriksson, C., Arnarsson, Á. M., Damsgaard, M. T., Potrebny, T., Suominen, S., Torsheim, T., & Due, P. (2019). Building knowledge of adolescent mental health in the Nordic countries. Nordisk välfärdsforskning| Nordic Welfare Research, 4(02), 43-53. DOI: 10.18261/issn.2464-4161-2019-02-02

  • Guthold, R., Stevens, G. A., Riley, L. M., & Bull, F. C. (2019). Global trends in insufficient physical activity among adolescents: a pooled analysis of 298 population-based surveys with 1· 6 million participants. The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health. DOI: 10.1016/S2352-4642(19)30323-2

  • Johansson, K., Petersen, S., Högberg, B., Stevens, G. W., De Clercq, B., Frasquilho, D., ... & Strandh, M. (2019). The interplay between national and parental unemployment in relation to adolescent life satisfaction in 27 countries: analyses of repeated cross-sectional school surveys. BMC public health, 19(1), 1555. DOI: 10.1186/s12889-019-7721-1

  • Leal-López, E., Moreno-Maldonado, C., Inchley, J., Deforche, B., Van Havere, T., Van Damme, J., ... & De Clercq, B. (2020). Association of alcohol control policies with adolescent alcohol consumption and with social inequality in adolescent alcohol consumption: a multilevel study in 33 countries and regions. International Journal of Drug Policy, 84, 102854. DOI: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2020.102854

  • Li, Q., Luo, Y., Hao, Z., Smith, B., Guo, Y., & Tyrone, C. (2020). Risk Factors of Cyberbullying Perpetration Among School-Aged Children Across 41 Countries: a Perspective of Routine Activity Theory. International Journal of Bullying Prevention, 1-13. DOI: 10.1007/s42380-020-00071-6

  • Löfstedt, P., Eriksson, C., Potrebny, T., Välimaa, R., Thorsteinsson, E. B., Due, P., ... & Torsheim, T. (2019). Trends in perceived school stress among adolescents in five Nordic countries 2002–2014. Nordisk välfärdsforskning| Nordic Welfare Research, 4(02), 101-112. DOI: 10.18261/issn.2464-4161-2019-02-07

  • Steppan, M., Whitehead, R., McEachran, J., & Currie, C. (2019). Family composition and age at menarche. Findings from the International Health behaviour in School-Aged Children Study. Reproductive Health. DOI: 10.1186/s12978-019-0822-6

  • Thorsteinsson, E. B., Potrebny, T., Arnarsson, Á. M., Tynjälä, J., Välimaa, R., & Eriksson, C. (2018). Trends in sleeping difficulty among adolescents in five Nordic countries 2002–2014. Nordisk välfärdsforskning| Nordic Welfare Research, 4(02), 77-87. DOI: 10.18261/issn.2464-4161-2019-02-05

  • Torsheim, T., Cavallo, F., Levin, K. A., Schnohr, C., Mazur, J., Niclasen, B., ... & FAS Development Study Group. (2016). Psychometric validation of the revised family affluence scale: a latent variable approach. Child Indicators Research, 9(3), 771-784. DOI: 10.1007/s12187-015-9339-x

Papers using national data include:

  • Buda, G., Lukoševiciute, J., Šalciunaite, L., & Šmigelskas, K. (2020). Possible Effects of Social Media Use on Adolescent Health Behaviors and Perceptions. Psychological Reports, 0033294120922481. DOI: 10.1177/0033294120922481

  • Calmeiro, L., & Matos, M.G. (2018). The relationship between social physique anxiety and psychosocial health in adolescents. International journal of pediatrics. 6(3), 959-963.  DOI: 10.22038/IJP.2015.4860#

  • Camacho, I., Matos, M. G. D., Tomé, G., Reis, M., Jiménez Iglesias, A. M., Moreno Rodríguez, M. D. C., & Galvão, D. (2017). Brothers and sisters—“More” is better? Effects on school, violence and health. World Journal of Educational Research, 4 (2), 313-326. DOI: 10.22158/wjer.v4n2p313 

  • Centauri, F., Pammolli, A., Simi, R., Dalmasso, P., Berchialla, P., Borraccino, A., ... & Cavallo, F. (2019). Self-reported recurrent pain and medicine use among 15-year-olds: results from the HBSC Italian study. Journal of Preventive Medicine and Hygiene, 60(4), E368. DOI: 10.15167/2421-4248/jpmh2019.60.4.1382

  • Cosma, A., Költo, A., Badura, P., Winkler, P., & Kalman, M. (2020). Time trends in adolescent mental well-being in Czechia between 2002 and 2018: Gender, age and socio-economic differences. Research Square. DOI: 10.21203/rs.3.rs-16573/v1 

  • De Looze, M. E., Cosma, A. P., Vollebergh, W. A. M., Duinhof, E. L., de Roos, S. A., van Dorsselaer, S., ... & Stevens, G. W. J. M. (2020). Trends over time in adolescent emotional wellbeing in the Netherlands, 2005-2017: links with perceived schoolwork pressure, parent-adolescent communication and bullying victimization. Journal of youth and adolescence, 1-12. DOI: 10.1007/s10964-020-01280-4

  • de Matos, M. G., Marques, A., Peralta, M., Gaspar, T., Simões, C., Pinto, H. R., ... & Paiva, T. (2019). Sleep in adolescence: sex matters?. Sleep Science, 12(3), 138. DOI: 10.5935/1984-0063.20190075

  • dos Santos, C. S., Picoito, J., Loureiro, I., & Nunes, C. (2020). Clustering of health-related behaviours and its relationship with individual and contextual factors in Portuguese adolescents: results from a cross-sectional study. BMC Pediatrics, 20(1), 1-13. DOI: 10.1186/s12887-020-02057-1

  • Due, P., Damsgaard, M. T., Rasmussen, M., & Holstein, B. E. (2019). Trends in Social Inequality in Exposure to Bullying at School 1994-2018. Journal of Education, Society and Behavioural Science, 1-7. DOI: 10.9734/jesbs/2019/v32i130160

  • Duinhof, E. L., Stevens, G. W., Van Dorsselaer, S., Monshouwer, K., & Vollebergh, W. A. (2015). Ten-year trends in adolescents’ self-reported emotional and behavioral problems in the Netherlands. European child & adolescent psychiatry, 24(9), 1119-1128. DOI: 10.1007/s00787-014-0664-2

  • Edwards, O. W., & Taub, G. E. (2017). Children and youth perceptions of family food insecurity and bullying. School mental health, 9(3), 263-272. DOI: 10.1007/s12310-017-9213-8

  • Forste, R., Potter, M., & Erickson, L. (2017). Sad and lonely: body dissatisfaction among adolescent girls. International journal of adolescent medicine and health, 31(2). DOI: 10.1515/ijamh-2016-0157

  • Garmy, P., Hansson, E., Vilhjálmsson, R., & Kristjánsdóttir, G. (2019). Bullying and Pain in School-Aged Children and Adolescents: A Cross-Sectional Study. SAGE Open Nursing, 5, 2377960819887556. DOI: 10.1177/2377960819887556

  • Gaspar, S., Guedes, B.F., Cerqueira, A., Oliveira, R. and de Matos, G.M. (2019). Physical Fights Involvement in School Setting and Adolescents’ Behaviours: Highlights from Health Behaviour in School-Aged Children (HBSC/WHO) - Fights in School Setting and Adolescent’s Behaviours. Prim Care Epidemiol Glob Health, (1): 01-07. DOI: 10.33513/PEGH/1801-04

  • Gorini, G., Gallus, S., Carreras, G., Cortini, B., Vannacci, V., Charrier, L., ... & De Mei, B. (2018). A long way to go: 20-year trends from multiple surveillance systems show a still huge use of tobacco in minors in Italy. European journal of public health, 29(1), 164-169. DOI: 10.1093/eurpub/cky132.

  • Hagquist, C. (2019). Explaining differential item functioning focusing on the crucial role of external information–an example from the measurement of adolescent mental health. BMC medical research methodology, 19(1), 185. DOI: 0.1186/s12874-019-0828-3

  • Hamrík, Z., Sigmundová, D., Pavelka, J., Kalman, M., & Sigmund, E. (2017). Trends in Overweight and Obesity in Czech Schoolchildren from 1998 to 2014. Central European journal of public health, 25(Supplement 1), S10-S14.# DOI: 10.21101/cejph.a5099

  • Harakeh, Z., De Looze, M. E., Schrijvers, C. T. M., Van Dorsselaer, S. A. F. M., & Vollebergh, W. A. M. (2012). Individual and environmental predictors of health risk behaviours among Dutch adolescents: the HBSC study. Public health, 126(7), 566-573. DOI: 10.1016/j.puhe.2012.04.006

  • Henriksen, P. W., Ingholt, L., Rasmussen, M., & Holstein, B. E. (2015). Physical activity among adolescents: The role of various kinds of parental support. Scandinavian journal of medicine & science in sports, 26(8), 927-932. DOI: 10.1111/sms.12531

  • Holstein, B. E., Ammitzbøll, J., Damsgaard, M. T., Pant, S. W., Pedersen, T. P., & Skovgaard, A. M. (2019). Difficulties falling asleep among adolescents: Social inequality and time trends 1991–2018. Journal of sleep research. DOI: 10.1111/jsr.12941

  • Holstein, B. E., Damsgaard, M. T., Madsen, K. R., & Rasmussen, M. (2020). Persistent social inequality in low life satisfaction among adolescents in Denmark 2002-2018. Children and Youth Services Review, 105097. DOI: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2020.105097Get

  • Hong, J. S., Hunter, S. C., Kim, J., Piquero, A. R., & Narvey, C. (2019). Racial Differences in the Applicability of Bronfenbrenner’s Ecological Model for Adolescent Bullying Involvement. Deviant Behavior, 1-21. DOI: 10.1080/01639625.2019.1680086

  • Hong, J. S., Ryou, B., & Piquero, A. R. (2017). Do family-level factors associated with bullying perpetration and peer victimization differ by race? Comparing European American and African American youth. Journal of interpersonal violence, 0886260517714441. DOI: 10.1177/0886260517714441

  • Karchynskaya, V., Kopcakova, J., Klein, D., Gába, A., Madarasova-Geckova, A., van Dijk, J. P., ... & Reijneveld, S. A. (2020). Is BMI a Valid Indicator of Overweight and Obesity for Adolescents?. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(13), 4815. DOI: 10.3390/ijerph17134815

  • Kosticova, M., Geckova, A. M., Dobiasova, E., & Veselska, Z. D. (2019). Insufficient sleep duration is associated with worse self-rated health and more psychosomatic health complaints in adolescents. Bratislavske lekarske listy, 120(10), 783-788. DOI: 10.4149/BLL_2019_131

  • Lee, J. M., Kim, J., Hong, J. S., & Marsack-Topolewski, C. N. (2019). From bully victimization to aggressive behavior: applying the problem behavior theory, theory of stress and coping, and general strain theory to explore potential pathways. Journal of interpersonal violence, 0886260519884679. DOI: 10.1177/0886260519884679

  • Markkanen, I., Välimaa, R., & Kannas, L. (2019). Forms of Bullying and Associations Between School Perceptions and Being Bullied Among Finnish Secondary School Students Aged 13 and 15. International Journal of Bullying Prevention, 1-10. DOI: 10.1007/s42380-019-00058-y

  • Melendez-Torres, G., Hewitt, G., Hallingberg, B., Anthony, R., Collishaw, S., Hall, J., ... & Moore, G. (2019). Measurement invariance properties and external construct validity of the Short Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing Scale in a large national sample of secondary school students in Wales. Health Qual. Life Outcomes. DOI: 10.1186/s12955-019-1204-z

  • Méroc, E., Moreau, N., Lebacq, T., Dujeu, M., Pedroni, C., Godin, I., & Castetbon, K. (2019). Immigration and adolescent health: the case of a multicultural population. Public Health, 175, 120-128. DOI: 10.1016/j.puhe.2019.07.001

  • Ng, K., Abdrakhmanova, S., & Adayeva, A. (2019). Physical activity and screen time among children and adolescents in Kazakhstan. EQOL Journal, 11(2), 19-27. DOI: 10.31382/eqol.191202

  • Nozaki, Y. (2019). Why do bullies matter?: The impacts of bullying involvement on Adolescents' life satisfaction via an adaptive approach. Children and Youth Services Review, 104486. DOI: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2019.104486

  • Prince, S. A., Melvin, A., Roberts, K. C., Butler, G. P., & Thompson, W. (2020). Sedentary behaviour surveillance in Canada: trends, challenges and lessons learned. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 17(1), 1-21. DOI: 10.1186/s12966-020-00925-8

  • Prince, S. A., Roberts, K. C., Melvin, A., Butler, G. P., & Thompson, W. (2020). Gender and education differences in sedentary behaviour in Canada: an analysis of national cross-sectional surveys. BMC Public Health, 20(1), 1-17. DOI: 10.1186/s12889-020-09234-y

  • Rebicova, M. L., Veselska, Z. D., Husarova, D., Klein, D., Geckova, A. M., van Dijk, J. P., & Reijneveld, S. A. (2020). Does family communication moderate the association between adverse childhood experiences and emotional and behavioural problems?. BMC Public Health, 20(1), 1-7. DOI: 10.1186/s12889-020-09350-9

  • Reis, M., Tomé, G., Ramiro, L., Gaspar, S., & Matos, M. G. (2020). Understanding risk factors associated with self-harm behavior in adolescents-HBSC. International Journal of Education Humanities and Social Science, 3(1), 79-92. ISSN: 2582-0745

  • Sánchez-Queija, I., García-Moya, I., & Moreno, C. (2017). Trend analysis of bullying victimization prevalence in spanish adolescent youth at school. Journal of school health, 87(6), 457-464. DOI: 10.1111/josh.12513

  • Santos, T., de Matos, M. G., Marques, A., Simões, C., Leal, I., & Machado, M. D. C. (2018). Do clinical and psychosocial factors affect health-related quality of life in adolescents with chronic diseases?. Global journal of health science, 10(1), 60-75. DOI: 10.5539/gjhs.v10n1p60

  • Schnohr, C., Frid, K. E. C., Jensen, R. G., Homøe, P., & Niclasen, B. V. (2019). Self-reported hearing impairment among Greenlandic adolescents: Item development and findings from the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children study 2018. International journal of pediatric otorhinolaryngology, 109629. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijporl.2019.109629

  • Shaw, R. J., Currie, D. B., Smith, G. S., Brown, J., Smith, D. J., & Inchley, J. C. (2019). Do social support and eating family meals together play a role in promoting resilience to bullying and cyberbullying in Scottish school children?. SSM-Population Health, 100485. DOI: 10.1016/j.ssmph.2019.100485

  • Sigmund, E., Badura, P., Sigmundová, D., Csémy, L., & Kalman, M. (2017). Methodological aspects of trend studies and development of the HBSC study in the Czech Republic. Central European journal of public health, 25, S4. DOI: 10.21101/cejph.a4953

  • Sigmundová, D., Sigmund, E., Bucksch, J., Badura, P., Kalman, M., & Hamrík, Z. (2017). Trends in Screen Time Behaviours in Czech Schoolchildren between 2002 and 2014: HBSC Study. Central European journal of public health, 25(Supplement 1), S15-S20. DOI: 10.21101/cejph.a4822

  • Sonmark, K., & Modin, B. (2017). Psychosocial work environment in school and students’ somatic health complaints: An analysis of buffering resources. Scandinavian journal of public health, 45(1), 64-72. DOI: 10.1177/1403494816677116

  • Stranavska, S., Husarova, D., Michal, J., Gorner, K., & Kopcakova, J. (2020). Body Fat Mediates Association between Active Living and Health among Adolescents. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(16), 5715. DOI: 10.3390/ijerph17165715

  • Tesler, R., Nissanholtz-Gannot, R., Zigdon, A., & Harel-Fisch, Y. (2019). The Association of Cyber-Bullying and Adolescents in Religious and Secular Schools in Israel. Journal of Religion and Health, 1-15. DOI: 10.1007/s10943-019-00938-z

  • Urbanova, L. B., Holubcikova, J., Madarasova Geckova, A., Reijneveld, S. A., & van Dijk, J. P. (2019). Does Life Satisfaction Mediate the Association between Socioeconomic Status and Excessive Internet Use?. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16(20), 3914. DOI: 10.3390/ijerph16203914

  • Vašícková, J., Hollein, T., Sigmund, E., Salonna, F., & Boberová, Z. (2017). Trends in perception of psychosocial school environment: HBSC study 2002–2014 in the Czech Republic. Central European journal of public health, 25, S26. DOI: 10.21101/cejph.a4823

  • Weinberg, D., Stevens, G. W., Duinhof, E. L., & Finkenauer, C. (2019). Adolescent Socioeconomic Status and Mental Health Inequalities in the Netherlands, 2001–2017. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16(19), 3605. DOI: 10.3390/ijerph16193605

  • Hong, J. S., Kim, D. H., deLara, E. W., Wei, H. S., Prisner, A., & Alexander, N. B. (2020). Parenting Style and Bullying and Victimization: Comparing Foreign-Born Asian, US-Born Asian, and White American Adolescents. Journal of Family Violence, 1-13. DOI: 10.1007/s10896-020-00176-y

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