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Findings on the health of Luxembourg youth 2018

Report of the 2018 HBSC survey published

Andreas Heinz, Moritz Höpner

The report of the 2018 Luxembourg HBSC survey (Health Behavior in School-aged Children) has been published. It contains detailed results of the 2018 survey, which involved more than 8,000 students aged 11 to 18 in Luxembourg. This is the fourth survey of its kind since 2006, allowing trends to be presented over longer periods of time and in a comparative international perspective.

Results of the 2018 HBSC survey

The report provides information on the health and well-being of students in 2018 in their social context. It also provides information on how the corresponding indicators have developed in Luxembourg from 2006-2018.

  • Improvements were seen above all in health behavior – students smoke and drink less, brush their teeth more often and eat more fruits and vegetables.
  • Deteriorations concern mental health: students more often have psychosomatic complaints and they more often feel stressed by school work. Furthermore, the students are more often overweight and they are less often physically active.

Although girls are more often health conscious than boys, they rate their health worse

The report also shows that health risks are related to sociodemographic characteristics, such as gender, age, wealth and migration background, among others.

For example, while girls often behave in a more health-conscious manner than boys, they still rate their health worse and experience more stress, and they are more often affected by multiple psychosomatic complaints.

Cluster analyses show that there are typical constellations of health behaviors that are also related to sociodemographic characteristics as well as obesity, stress and life satisfaction.

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More about the HBSC study in Luxembourg

In cooperation with the World Health Organization (WHO), the HBSC study is organized every four years.

With more than 45 participating countries, the study allows accurate snapshots of adolescents’ health and health behaviors.

The HBSC Luxembourg study is implemented in cooperation between the Luxembourg Ministry of Education, Childhood and Youth, the Ministry of Health and the University of Luxembourg.

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