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Health Behavior in School-Aged Children (HBSC) is a cross-national, school-based research study conducted in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office in Europe begun in 1982 to collect information on health-related attitudes and behaviors of young people. These studies are based on nationally independent surveys in as many as 30 participating countries and are conducted every four years since the 1985-1986 school year. The target population of the HBSC study is young people attending school, aged 11, 13, and 15 years old. These age groups represent the onset of adolescence, the challenge of physical and emotional changes, and the middle years when important life and career decisions are beginning to be made. The survey is carried out on a nationally representative sample in each participating country. The sample consists of approximately 1,500 adolescents from each age group. The United States was one of three countries chosen to implement the survey out of cycle. The study results can be used as stand-alone data or for comparisons to the other countries involved in the international HBSC. The HBSC has two main objectives. The first objective is to monitor health-risk behaviors and attitudes in youth over time to obtain background data and identify targets for health promotion initiatives. The second objective is to provide researchers with relevant information to understand and explain the development of health attitudes and behaviors through early adolescence. The study contains variables dealing with many types of drugs and also examines the ease of obtaining drugs, frequency of drug usage, and other health behaviors and their history such as eating habits, family make-up, depression, stealing, fighting, bringing weapons to school, anger management, attention span at school, and opinions about school.

The HBSC is sponsored by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

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2014
Esselmont, Chris . Carrying a weapon to school: The roles of bullying victimization and perceived safety. Deviant Behavior. 35, (3), 215-232.
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2013
Brooks-Russell, Ashley,  Farhat, Tilda,  Haynie, Denise,  Simons-Morton, Bruce . Trends in substance use among 6th- to 10th-grade students from 1998 to 2010: Findings from a national probability study. Journal of Early Adolescence.
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2013
Cawley, John,  von Hinke Kessler Scholder,  Stephanie . The Demand for Cigarettes as Derived from the Demand for Weight Control. NBER Working Paper No. 18805. Cambridge, MA: National Bureau of Economic Research.
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2013
Goodwin, Renee D.,  Mocarski, Michelle,  Marusic, Andrej,  Beautrais, Annette . Thoughts of self-harm and help-seeking behavior among youth in the community. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior. 43, (3), 305-312.
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2013
Iannotti, Ronald J.,  Wang, Jing . Patterns of physical activity, sedentary behavior, and diet in U.S. adolescents. Journal of Adolescent Health. 53, (2), 280-286.
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2013
Iannotti, Ronald, J.,  Jing Wang . Trends in physical activity, sedentary behavior, diet, and BMI among US adolescents, 2001-2009. Pediatrics. 132, (4), 606-614.
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2013
Jeong, Seokjin,  Lee, Byung Hyun . A Multilevel Examination of Peer Victimization and Bullying Preventions in Schools. Journal of Criminology. 2013, (Article ID 735397),
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2013
Kenney, Mary Kay,  Wang, Jing,  Iannotti, Ron . Residency and racial/ethnic differences in weight status and lifestyle behaviors among US youth. Journal of Rural Health.
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2013
Ledwell, Maggie,  King, Valarie . Bullying and internalizing problems:Gender differences and the buffering role of parental communication. Journal of Family Issues.
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