Global School-based Student Health Survey (GSHS)

Maintained/created by: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Geographic unit of data: International

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Users can view and download data regarding youth health behaviors and risk factors from a variety of countries (including the United States). The Global School-based Student Health Survey is developed by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), UNICEF, UNAIDS and UNESCO. The survey is conducted in schools around the world and looks at the health behaviors of students. The information is used by countries to establish priorities and develop programs and by international agencies to make comparisons across countries to gain better understanding of the prevalence and trends of health behaviors.The core questionnaires are designed to gain understanding of the leading causes of mortality and morbidity world wide. The students are asked questions about alcohol and drug use, dietary behaviors, hygiene, mental health, physical activity, protective factors, sexual behaviors, tobacco use and violent behaviors.

Data Notes

From the website, users can view results by country. Many, but not all, countries have released copies of their questionnaire, fact sheets, full reports and their data. The data is available to download to SAS, Access, SPSS or ASCII. The survey participants are between 13 and 15 years old. For some countries, the most recent report is from 2010 and the most recent data set available for download is from 2008. The site does not specify when the data sets will be updated.