“Health Behaviour in School-aged Children” (HBSC) is an international study conducted in collaboration with the WHO Regional Office for Europe in 42 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 an 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 2013/14  in 42 countries in Europe and North America. Germany takes part in the study since 1993/44 and in 2013/14 for the second time with a nationwide representative sample. In addition to the nationwide Survey, representative Country Surveys were conducted in two federal states (Hamburg and Hesse).


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  ”Child Public Health” collects and analyses the HBSC data for Hamburg. Furthermore, the Research unit is involved in national as well as international  HBSC publications, including various international publications that are politically and practically oriented.


HBSC results for Hamburg


The following book publication summarizes the results of the most recent HBSC-Survey in 2014:


Ottová-Jordan, V., Bletsch, A., Ravens-Sieberer, U. (Hrsg.) (2015). Gesundheit und Wohlbefinden von Kindern und Jugendlichen in Hamburg. Lengerich: Pabst Science Publishers, ISBN: 978-3-95853-113-0.


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A detailed presentation of the results from the 2009/10 Survey cycle including a comparison of the Hamburg data from 2005/06 and 2009/10 as well as the German data from 2009/10 was published in:


Ravens-Sieberer, U., Ottova, V., Hintzpeter, B., Hillebrandt, D., Saier, U., Möller, N., Lietz, J. (Hrsg.) (2012). Gesundheitsverhalten von Kindern und Jugendlichen: Die WHO-Jugendgesundheitsstudie für Hamburg. Lengerich: Pabst Verlag, ISBN: 978-3-89967-763-8.


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The results of the HBSC study in Hamburg from 2009/10 are also published as a health report of the city of Hamburg (title: “Bericht zu Gesundheits- und Lebenslagen 11- bis 15-jähriger Kinder und Jugendlicher in Hamburg”).


2012_Gesundheitsbericht der Stadt HH.pdf
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German HBSC results


The results of the most recent German HBSC study from the year 2013/14 are published as a book publication in Beltz/Juventa Verlag:


Bilz, L., Sudeck, G., Bucksch, J., Klocke, A., Kolip, P., Melzer, W., Ravens-Sieberer, U., Richter, M. (Hrsg.) (2016). Schule und Gesundheit. Ergebnisse des WHO-Jugendgesundheitssurveys "Health Behaviour in School-aged Children". Weinheim: Beltz/Juventa Verlag, ISBN: 978-3-7799-1991-9


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Further HBSC publications based on the German national data are:


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


In addition, important results of the HBSC study can be downloaded according to theme as a fact sheet: http://hbsc-germany.de/downloads/faktenblatter-national/.

For further Information about the German HBSC study please visit the website www.hbsc-germany.de


International HBSC Report


The results from the HBSC study in 2013/14 are published in:


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


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International HBSC supplement

A special issue was published in the “International Journal of Public Health” in 2009 with the title “Social determinants of child and adolescent health: Findings from the International Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) Study”. It covers various themes and topics related to health and health behaviours of chldren and adolescents. The guest editor is Prof. Dr. Ulrike Ravens-Sieberer.


These articles can be downloaded online free of charge.


Past reports from the international HBSC study Group are available at: http://www.hbsc.org/



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Additional information can be obtained from the websites www.hbsc-germany.de and www.hbsc.org.

Contact Person is Dr. Veronika Ottova-Jordan.



Prof. Dr. phil. Ulrike Ravens-Sieberer

MPH, Professorin für


Gesundheitspsychologie und

Versorgung von Kindern und

Jugendlichen in Deutschland