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HBSC Scotland presents: Asking adolescents: the challenges of survey research on young people

Dorothy Currie (HBSC Scotland, University of St Andrews) will give a presentation titled Asking adolescents: the challenges of survey research on young people to close the Doing Survey Research with Young People workshop taking place in Edinburgh on the 2nd of April.

In addition to being a member of the Scottish HBSC team, Dorothy also sits on the international network's Coordinating Committee and is Chair of HBSC's Methodological Development Group.


Carrying out surveys of young people involves many challenges that differ from similar research with adults. As researchers we have a duty to ensure such surveys are specifically designed for young people, considering issues such as access; informed consent (from who?); administration methods and settings; and using questions that are age appropriate in content and vocabulary. We also have a duty to ensure that we do not waste young people’s time, that the data we generate from such surveys is of high quality and that it is used to its maximum potential through our dissemination strategy.

Producing comparative data from surveys of young people carried out in many countries adds another layer of complexity, such as problems of translation, differing guidelines for consent (or no guidelines!), different school systems, and different cultural relevance, acceptability or understanding of specific concepts. International dissemination frequently involves country rankings, which have the potential for both positive and negative impacts on the young people surveyed.

The challenges specific to surveys of young people will be illustrated with examples from a long-running international repeat cross-sectional survey of adolescent health and wellbeing; the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) survey: a WHO cross-national collaborative study.

see here for further details
contact: Mr Joe Hancock

item 2215
[27-03-2014 to 10-04-2014]


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