Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC)
“Health Behaviour in School-aged Children” (HBSC) is an international study conducted in collaboration with the WHO Regional Office for Europe in 49 countries across Europe and North America. The study aims at the collection of data on health and health behaviour of children and adolescents aged 11, 13 and 15 years. Furthermore, the study is interested in gaining further Information on their health-related attitudes and behaviour.
The most recent HBSC survey took place in 2017/18 in 49 countries in Europe and North America. Germany takes part in the study since 1993 and in 2017/18 for the third time with a nationwide representative sample. In addition to the nationwide survey, representative Country Surveys were conducted in two federal states (Brandenburg and Saxony-Anhalt).
The German study is coordinated at the Institute for Medical Sociology in Halle/Saale. The standardised HBSC-questionnaire covers a broad range of topics including: health status, life satisfaction and quality of life, mental wellbeing, physical activity, eating behaviour, school and environment, social support through family and friends, accidents, mobbing and risk behaviour.
The research section “Child Public Health” is involved in the data collection and analysis of the HBSC study in Germany. Furthermore, the Research unit is involved in national as well as international HBSC publications, including various international publications that are politically and practically oriented.
For further information about the German HBSC study and recent results of the HBSC study 2017/18 please visit the website
Please find our publication list here
Inchley, J. et al. (eds) (2016). Growing up unequal: gender and socioeconomic differences in young people's health and well-being. Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) study: international Report from the 2013/2014 survey. Copenhagen: WHO Regional Office for Europe (Health Policy for Children and Adolescents, No 7). ISBN: 978-9-2890-5136-1
Bilz, L., Sudeck, G., Bucksch, J., Klocke, A., Kolip, P., Melzer, W., . . . Richter, M. (2016). Schule und Gesundheit Ergebnisse des WHO-Jugendgesundheitssurveys »Health Behaviour in School-aged Children«. Weinheim: Beltz/Juventa Verlag.
Ottova-Jordan, V., Bletsch, A., & Ravens- Sieberer, U. (2015). Gesundheit und Wohlbefinden von Kindern und Jugendlichen in Hamburg. Lengerich: Pabst Science Publishers.
Kolip, P., Klocke, A., Melzer, W., Ravens-Sieberer, U. (Hrsg.) (2013). Gesundheit und Gesundheitsverhalten im Geschlechtervergleich. Ergebnisse des WHO-Jugendgesundheitssurvey "Health Behaviour in School-aged Children". Weinheim: Beltz Juventa, ISBN: 978-9-7799-1984-1
Special issue on the German HBSC Trends:
Ravens-Sieberer, U., Ottova, V., Kolip, P., Melzer, W., Richter, M., Klocke, A. Gesundheit von Kindern und Jugendlichen im Laufe der Zeit: Trends aus der Deutschen Jugendgesundheitsstudie HBSC (2002-2010). Gesundheitswesen 2012; 74 (Suppl 1), S1-S84
Ravens-Sieberer, U., Ottova, V., Hintzpeter, B., Hillebrandt, D., Saier, U., Möller, N., & Lietz, J. (2012). Gesundheitsverhalten von Kindern und Jugendlichen: Die WHO-Jugendgesundheitsstudie für Hamburg. Lengerich: Pabst Verlag.
Results from the HBSC-Study in Hamburg (2010) download
In addition, important results of the HBSC study can be downloaded according to theme as a fact sheet download
Past reports from the international HBSC study Group are available at: www.hbsc.org