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About the BC Adolescent Health Survey

The BC Adolescent Health Survey (BC AHS) is a questionnaire used to gather information about young people’s physical and emotional health, and about factors that can influence health during adolescence or in later life. The survey is conducted by the McCreary Centre Society in collaboration with the provincial government and public health system, and with the cooperation of BC’s school districts.

Since 1992, over 130,000 students in Grades 7–12 have completed the survey. In 2013, 56 of the 59 BC school districts participated in the BC AHS. The BC AHS is the most comprehensive source for reliable, accurate and BC-based information about youth health. Survey results are used extensively by schools, communities, government agencies, health professionals and by youth themselves in planning and evaluating programs and services. Because the survey has been in use since 1992, it gives policy makers and program planners the ability to track trends over more than two decades.

2018 BC AHS

The sixth BC Adolescent Health Survey (BC AHS) is being administered in schools across the province this winter/spring.

The survey will provide up to date, accurate information about what BC youth know, think and do about their own health. Survey questions cover factors that promote healthy development and behaviours that may compromise health. Question topics include physical and mental health, school, family, substance use, injuries, extracurricular activities, violence and discrimination, and technology use.

“The Adolescent Health Survey is probably the most valuable data we have in the school district for health planning and we regularly use it with our community partners as we look at areas of strength and places we need to give additional attention.” -Chris Kennedy, Superintendent of Schools/CEO, West Vancouver Schools.

McCreary would like to thank all the health and school district personnel, parents and students across BC who highlighted emerging health issues to be included in the survey and provided feedback on drafts of the 2018 BC AHS.

For more information about the 2018 BC AHS, please contact mccreary@mcs.bc.ca.

Leading BC figures provided commentary on findings from the 2013 BC AHS in this film created by students at the Digital Media Academy at Argyle Secondary School.