Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

Youth’12 - survey conducted in 2012

Launch of the Youth’12 Survey
Photo at the launch of the Youth’12 Survey. Left to right: Principal Investigator, Terryann Clark; Maori Party Leader, Tariana Tunia; Research Fellow

In total, 12,503 students were invited to take part in the survey and 8,500 participated (68%). This represents 3% of the 2012 New Zealand secondary school roll. The most common reasons why students did not participate were not being at school on the day of the survey, not wanting to take part, and being unavailable during the time the survey was conducted.

Topics covered are ethnic identity and culture, family relationships, school, injuries and violence, health and healthcare, emotional health, food and eating, leisure activities, sexual health, alcohol, smoking and other drugs, and community involvement


Youth’12 was the third Youth2000 national survey of the health and wellbeing of secondary school students in New Zealand. The aim was to update and extend the original surveys conducted in 2001 and 2007 by tracking trends and investigating new issues for young people. Most of the questions remained the same. However, new questions on issues, such as employment, type of drug use (e.g. legal highs) and mental health. As concerns about the number of students who are overweight or obese have remained, student height and weight were taken in 2012.

Youth’12 Funders: The Ministries of Youth Development, Social Development, Justice, Health, Department of Labour, Families Commission and the Health Promotion Agency (formerly ALAC) all contributed to funding this national youth health and wellbeing survey.

Dr Terryann Clark was the Principal Investigator for the 2012 survey wave. Please contact her if you have any questions regarding the 2012 survey.



Sampling strategy: In 2012 we randomly selected 125 composite and secondary schools in New Zealand which met the inclusion criteria1 and invited them to participate in the survey. For schools which had a roll of more than 150 Year 9-15 students, we randomly selected 20% of this roll and invited these students to take part in the survey. For participating schools with less than 150 Year 9-15 students, 30 students were randomly selected and invited to take part.

Ninety-one of the 125 invited schools (73%) took part in the survey. The majority of participating schools were state funded, co-educational and large schools (at least 350 Year 9-15 students). Thirty-four schools chose not to participate; 25 of these were from main urban areas, 19 were state (not integrated) schools, 19 were co-educational, and 24 were large schools.


Youth 2000 publications

To view reports, journal articles, media items and ‘other’ resources, such as powerpoints and posters, which are related to the Youth’12 survey please click here