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2013/14 International Report

The launch date for HBSC’s 2013/14 International Report is set for March 2016. Prepared at the end of each survey cycle, the International Report is part of WHO’s Health Policy for Children and Adolescents (HEPCA) series and it compares health and well-being indicators from countries participating in the HBSC study.

Following on from the success of our 2009/10 International Report, which was Highly Commended by the British Medical Association, our 2013/14 report is highly anticipated. Details of the launch event will be released in next quarter’s newsletter.

To download previous International Reports from the HBSC website.

HBSC Spring 2015 network meeting

Network members, invited guests and delegates from WHO Europe gathered in Vienna, from the 8th to the 10th of June for our 2015 Spring network meeting. The programme of events included topic focus group meetings, Protocol development work, a research dissemination seminar, and scientific and poster presentations. This was complemented by a busy programme of social activities including a cultural evening hosted by our Early Careers Group and a gala dinner to mark the handover of the International Coordinator (IC) title from Candace Currie to IC elect, Jo Inchley.

Our 2015 Autumn network meeting will take place in Lisbon, Portugal, on the 2nd to the 4th of November, with a primary focus on the development of the 2017/18 survey Protocol.

Methodology workshops

Supported by a European Union Health Programme Operating Grant, the ICC has held two very successful methodological training sessions for HBSC network members. This training will help maintain the quality of HBSC’s research and ensure the study’s future.

Experts from both within and outwith the HBSC network led sessions on a variety of subjects from multilevel analysis and differential item functioning; to structural equation modelling and item response theory. E-learning versions of these training sessions will be made available to our network members, allowing those unable to attend to access the materials online.

To find out more about our methodological training programme, please contact Martin Steppan, HBSC’s Survey Methodologist. Details of work covered so far can be found on the invitation to participate.

Conceptual review meeting

In July, HBSC’s Conceptual Review group met in Edinburgh to begin developing a roadmap for future growth. The aims of the meeting were to:

  • review the conceptual basis for the study

  • identify key concepts, theories and models within the field of adolescent health and determine how these relate to the aims of HBSC

  • map out the key elements of a new conceptual framework

  • plan how this will inform future study developments in relation to the 2017/18 protocol and beyond

Recommendations from this meeting will be passed on to the Protocol Development group and taken into consideration for the 2017/18 protocol development process. More details on this process will follow in future newsletters.

EiP adolescent pediatrics conference

From the 2nd to the 4th of December 2015, HBSC is co-hosting a multi-stakeholder meeting in collaboration with EiP, the WHO CC on International Child and Adolescent Health Policy, and the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education.

This event will take place 10-12 December 2015 at the Church House Conference Centre in London.

This conference represents an excellent opportunity to discuss HBSC findings with a practitioners, as well as to better familiarise our researchers with the challenges and opportunities of pediatric clinical practice. For further information, please visit the conference website.

HBSC data visualisations & fact sheets

Make sure you check out the latest outputs from the study, including:

Public consultation on child wellbeing - summary report

From the 30th of March to the 15th of May, HBSC, in collaboration with a range of other international youth health organisations, held an online public consultation to gather ideas about how to governments can be more effectively protect and promote young people's health. The consultation was a big success and drew around 300 registered participants and over 550 comments.

A summary report is now available which provides an overview of the main themes, conversations and comments.

International Coordinator handover

This summer sees Professor Candace Currie, elected since 1995, stand down from the role of HBSC International Coordinator. The newly elected International Coordinator is Dr Jo Inchley, who will also become the Principal Investigator of the Scottish HBSC team. Dorothy Currie (HBSC Scotland) is the newly elected Deputy International Coordinator and takes over from Professor Pernille Due (HBSC Denmark), who has held the Deputy IC role for the last 6 years.

The HBSC International Coordinating Centre continues to be based at the Child and Adolescent Health Research Unit, the School of Medicine, University of St Andrews, Scotland.

Also from the network…

About HBSC

HBSC, founded in 1983, is an internationally comparative study on adolescent health, presently conducted in 44 countries and regions in Europe and North America. Initiated and developed by an alliance of researchers in the participation countries who form national teams,  the study’s mission is to monitor adolescent health, health behaviours and wellbeing over time; increase knowledge of adolescent health and social determinants in Europe; and disseminate information to key stakeholders. HBSC provides data to inform national/EU policies to improve the health outcomes of children internationally. The study is an exceptional resource for governments and organisations including the European Commission, the WHO, UNICEF, and the OECD who regularly use its data and findings to support action to improve the health of young people.


The International Coordinating Centre (ICC) of the Health Behaviour in School-Aged Children (HBSC) Study is responsible for the management of the HBSC network.

The HBSC  International Coordinating Centre (ICC) of the Health Behaviour in School-Aged Children (HBSC) Study is responsible for coordinating and supporting all the activities of the HBSC Study network. It works closely with specialist centres in Bergen, the International Databank, and Copenhagen - the Support Centre for Publications.

Its mission is to enable network cooperation to produce data and share knowledge, to be the public face of the study, and to act as a source of intelligence for stakeholders.
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