Consulting Young People
Health and Lifestyle Surveys conducted with young
people require a range of additional issues to be considered:
- The language to be used in the questionnaire, which needs to be
appropriate for young people.
- The method used to collect data, to ensure a good response to the survey
- If possible, the Involvement of young people in the design and data
- The best way to obtain comparisons between surveys of young people and
the general adult population
Two cases studies of lifestyle surveys with young people are available at the
Organisations Working With Schools
The Schools Health Education Unit (SHEU) has been involved in the collection
of data about young people's health-related behaviour for over 25 years. It does
this through surveys in schools using the Health Related Behaviour Questionnaire
The data from the surveys identify and confirm priorities for health needs
assessment, intervention programmes, and health education planning. The
questionnaire includes the following:
- Section 1 - (Personal Background): Age, family structure,
ethnicity, home background, self-esteem, feelings of control, personal
safety, height and weight
- Section 2 - (Drugs): Smoking, alcohol, other drugs
- Section 3 - (Hygiene, medication, dental): Personal and dental
hygiene, health problems, frequency of use of medication, relationship with
GP, sun protection.
- Section 4 - (Relationships, mental health, HIV): 'Important
others', problems and sources of support, HIV knowledge & precautionary
- Section 5 - (Leisure & money): Leisure activities, income, money
spent, National Lottery and Instants, money saved.
- Section 6 - (Nutrition): Lunch & breakfast, frequency and
consumption of listed foods.
- Section 7 - (Exercise): Frequency of involvement, feelings about
fitness & exercise, cycling, accidents
The SHEU website can be found at
The TellUs2 survey is an excellent example of a survey of young people at
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