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The GSHS was developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) in collaboration with United Nations' UNICEF, UNESCO, and UNAIDS; and with technical assistance from CDC. GSHS is a school-based survey conducted primarily among students aged 13–17 years.

The purpose of the GSHS is to provide data on health behaviors and protective factors among students to:

  • Help countries develop priorities, establish programs, and advocate for resources for school health and youth health programs and policies;
  • Allow international agencies, countries, and others to make comparisons across countries regarding the prevalence of health behaviors and protective factors; and
  • Establish trends in the prevalence of health behaviors and protective factors by country for use in evaluation of school health and youth health promotion.

GSHS Overview [pdf 569K]
Background information on GSHS purpose, methods, and country participation

GSHS Bibliography [pdf 70K]
We encourage authors to notify us when there are new GSHS-related publications. Please send us the citation information and we will add it to this bibliography.

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