Understanding children’s health behaviour and wellbeing
Identifying factors that protect young people from self-harm and cyberbullying
The Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) study is a World Health Organisation cross-national research study involving 45 countries. It aims to provide new insight into young people’s health and wellbeing, health behaviours and their social context.
Funded by the Department of Health, researchers at the University of Hertfordshire’s Centre for Research in Primary and Community Care, have conducted the HBSC England study since 2009. The most recent HBSC England national report was published in 2015. The next set of study findings is expected in 2019.
The last HBSC England study revealed unexpectedly high rates of self-harm and incidences of cyberbullying. Girls reported significantly poorer health outcomes than boys across a range of emotional health and wellbeing indicators.
The research team has carried out further analysis of the data to explore the factors that might protect young people from self-harming behaviour or cyberbullying.
Get in touch
Contact HBSC England lead Professor Fiona Brooks at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to find out more or to discuss further.