The Young Persons’ Behaviour and Attitudes Survey (YPBAS) is a school based survey carried out among 11-16 year olds. It is commissioned jointly by a number of government departments and includes questions on a wide range of topics. Six rounds of the survey have now taken place: 2000, 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2016. This report presents an overview of the health-related topics from the most recent survey in 2016 and includes comparisons with previous surveys where appropriate.
The fieldwork for the survey ran between October to December 2016. A total of 6,831 children completed the survey. Due to the high level of interest amongst policy makers on the views and behaviours of young people, topics were split across two questionnaires to accommodate additional questions.
Findings in this report have been weighted by year group, sex and religion in order to reflect the composition of the Northern Ireland post-primary population.
Please note that only differences that are statistically significant at the 95% confidence level are reported.