The Health of Canada’s Young People: a mental health focus – Public Health Agency of Canada – 2011

Posted on March 29, 2012. Filed under: Child Health / Paediatrics, Health Status, Mental Health Psychi Psychol | Tags: |

The Health of Canada’s Young People: a mental health focus – Public Health Agency of Canada – 2011

Cat.: 978-1-100-19335-9     ISBN: HP15-13/2011E

John G. Freeman, Matthew King, and William Pickett with Wendy Craig, Frank Elgar, Ian Janssen, and Don Klinger
214 pages

“Executive summary

The health Behaviour in School-aged Children study (hBSC) is a continuing, cross-national research project conducted in collaboration with the WhO Regional Office for Europe. there are now 43 participating countries and regions from North America and Europe. the study aims to contribute to new knowledge about the health, well-being, and health behaviours of young people (aged 11 to 15 years). hBSC is Canada’s only national-level health promotion database for this age group. the Federal Government has supported the Canadian hBSC study since 1988.

This report presents key findings from the 2010 cycle of hBSC. Current priorities for the public health system in Canada are particularly emphasized. As the hBSC study has traditionally focused upon the importance of social settings and conditions as potential determinants of health, this focus continues in the current report. in addition, this report examines the mental health of young Canadians as a primary theme.

In addition to our analysis of survey results from over 26,000 students, this report was informed by findings from a national youth engagement workshop. the purpose of this workshop was to obtain insights from a cross-section of young Canadians with respect to the key mental health findings. Efforts made to integrate the perspectives of young people directly into this report were driven by a philosophy that the opinions and insights of youth matter and the Federal Government’s role in supporting youth engagement through its committment to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. this represents a new initiative for hBSC in Canada, with interpretation of the national report findings being enriched by this  process.”

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