Academic journal article Central European Journal of Public Health

Preface

Academic journal article Central European Journal of Public Health

Preface

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The Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) study is now in its 34th year. It continues to grow not only as a source of reliable and valid data on the health behaviours of 11-, 13- and 15-year-olds, but also regarding its membership - 46 countries and regions across Europe and North America are now included. The HBSC study is a cohort cross-sectional questionnaire-based study focusing on health and health-related behaviours in adolescents in the context of their social environment. This age was selected because of the significant cognitive, psychological, and biological processes taking place in this period of the lifespan, as well as because of the fact that health-related behaviours adopted at this age are known to persist into adulthood. The findings from the HBSC study are used to monitor health, well-being, and health-related behaviours in school-aged children; deepen the understanding of the social determinants of health; and provide evidence-based data for policy makers and practitioners aiming to improve the lives of young people.

The Czech Republic joined the HBSC study in 1993/1994, making the last wave of data collection in 2013/2014 the sixth in a row and enabling trends in national data over a 20-year period to be analysed. …

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