Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences


About the Youth2000 survey series: National youth health and wellbeing surveys

Overview


Youth’19, the Rangatahi Smart survey, is the latest in the Youth2000 survey series. These surveys ask a large, representative sample of New Zealand secondary school students a wide range of questions about things that contribute to young people’s health and wellbeing, including ethnicity & culture, physical health, food & activities, substance use, sexual health, injuries & violence, home & family health, school achievement & participation, neighbourhood environment, spirituality & access to healthcare. This comprehensive questionnaire allows the AHRG to take an ecological approach to identifying the risks and protective factors in young people’s lives.

Over the past eleven years the AHRG has collected data on these topics from over 27,000 students over three waves (Youth’12, Youth’07 and Youth’01).

 

Methods


The AHRG follows a well-established methodology to gather representative and accurate information from young people. A randomly selected sample of secondary schools are invited to take part. From each participating school we then invite a randomly selected sample of year 9–13 students to participate. In 2001, 2007 and 2012 we surveyed 8,500–10,000 students from throughout Aotearoa, New Zealand. In 2019 we will survey approximately 8,000 students from the greater Waikato, Auckland and Northland regions. These areas represent the most ethnically and social economically diverse regions of the country. The survey is private and anonymous. Each student answers the questions on a small hand-held computer or tablet. They can read questions off the screen, hear them read aloud through headphones and answer by touching the appropriate box on the screen. The survey is designed such that students are not asked about sensitive topics that do not apply to them. For example, all students are asked if they have ever smoked a cigarette, but only those who answer ‘yes’ are asked further questions about smoking (those who answer ‘no’ skip to the next topic). This means that students will not be asked detailed questions about things outside their direct experience.