For 30 years 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 44 countries and regions across Europe and North America. With adolescents making about one sixth of the world's population, HBSC uses its findings to inform policy and practice to improve the lives of millions of young people. [more]
Positive parental relationships have been shown to have a significant impact on a multitude of factors in child development including reduced involvement in risk behaviours, improved health and well-being, and better attitudes towards school.
This study on students in Portugal, using data from the 2005/06 HBSC survey, aimed to determine the relative impact of having a difficult communication with parents, versus not seeing or having parents.
The researchers found that adolescents who have neither contact with, nor have a father, tend to engage more often in risky behaviours such as drunkenness and bullying. The evidence also indicates that these young people have a lower perception of their own academic ability, health, wellbeing and happiness than those who have a father, but have a difficult communication with him. Maternal relationships were not found to be significant in relation to any of the factors studied.
The study’s findings reinforce the importance of a paternal presence for the positive development of adolescents.
[14-05-2015 to 30-06-2015]