The Québec Health Survey of High School Students (QHSHSS) 2016-2017 is a large-scale survey that was conducted on 62,227 high school students in about 465 schools in the various regions of Québec with the exception of the Terres-Cries-de-la-Baie-James (James Bay Cree lands) and Nunavik. The target population of the survey were students in Secondary 1 through Secondary 5 enrolled in public and private French and English high schools in Québec.
The QHSHSS is a source of data on the health and well-being of youth that has a long-term perspective. Indeed, a major goal of the survey is to fulfill the priority need of monitoring the health status of young people and its determinants, both at province-wide and regional levels. Data are collected on young Québecers’ physical and mental health, social environment and social adjustment, as well as sociodemographic characteristics.
This second edition of the survey provides precise and accurate data to create a portrait of the health status and well-being of Québec youth, both province-wide and regionally. Furthermore, the data delivers a means of monitoring any changes in health status since the first edition conducted in 2010-2011.
The results will be particularly useful for decision-makers in the health, social services and education sectors. They will help adjust action plans and interventions designed to improve the health and well-being of youth.