The Health Related Behaviour Questionnaire provides a picture of the health beliefs, attitudes and self reported
behaviours of young people in Jersey. The questionnaire was carried out with students in primary schools at ages
10-11 years, and in secondary schools at 12-13 years and 14-15 years. A total of 2,842 students completed the
survey. The survey questions cover a range of health related topics including family background and home life
through to specific health issues such as diet, physical activity, drugs and alcohol, smoking, and emotional health.
The questionnaire has been carried out since 1996 in secondary schools and 1998 in primary schools.
This gives a picture of both trends over time in reported health behaviours as well as how the same group
of young people change as they become older. Some of the survey questions are also asked in UK schools
so we are able to make comparisons between reported health beliefs and behaviours in Jersey with young
people in the UK.
This report is structured into subject sections that deal with relevant health issues including: emotional health,
diet, obesity, alcohol, illegal drugs, sexual health, smoking and physical activity. Each of these sections gives
information on the key findings; why that health issue is of importance and goes onto describe relevant findings,
trends over previous surveys and comparisons between ages, gender and young people in the UK.
This survey has been funded by the Building a Safer Society Strategy and will continue to inform States Policy
and Strategy such as the Children’s and Young People Framework. The implementation, analysis and reporting
of the survey has been managed by the Public Health Department. The survey could also not happen without the
support of the Department for Education Sport and Culture, all of the islands schools and the young people that
complete the survey. Our thanks also go to Jessica Hounsome, Sheena Renouf and Netta Norris of the Health
Intelligence team, as well as Martin Knight and the team of Health Promotion Officers who helped administer the
process, draft the report and re-check all the data.
The survey aims to give a comprehensive picture of young people’s health in Jersey. We hope that you find the
survey results interesting and informative in guiding your work with young people.