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Survey Methods

HBSC is a school-based survey with data collected through self-completion questionnaires administered in the classroom. The international standard questionnaire enables the collection of common data across participating countries and thus enables the quantification of patterns of key health behaviours, health indicators and contextual variables. These data allow cross-national comparisons to be made and, with successive surveys, trend data analysis is also possible.

A Research Protocol is produced every HBSC survey cycle. Each protocol includes scientific rationales for the survey items, the standard international questionnaire and technical appendices on data collection and management. Methodological development since the study's inception in 1982 is described in the following article: The Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) study: methodological developments and current tensions. International Journal of Public Health, 54, S140–150 [methodology]

With a research base of over 30 years, and a collaboration stretching across 49 countries and regions, HBSC has attracted the attention of researchers both within and outside existing member countries. For further information about the HBSC survey design and research approach, you will need to register for a copy of the HBSC International Protocol.

Register for a copy of the 2013/14 HBSC International Protocol.

Protocol reference: Currie C, Inchley J, Molcho M, Lenzi M, Veselska Z & Wild F (eds.) (2014). Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) Study Protocol: Background, Methodology and Mandatory items for the 2013/14 Survey. St Andrews: CAHRU.

If you require more information please email hbscstudyprotocol@hbsc.org