What is the Youth19 Survey for?

The aim of the survey is to get reliable, up-to-date information on the health and wellbeing of young people in Aotearoa, New Zealand. We want to find out what young people here are really like and how they are doing.

This information will help to improve education, health and social services, and programmes for young people.

More than 60 secondary schools throughout the Auckland, Northland and Waikato regions will be invited to take part. Students in Alternative Education and young people who are not in education, training or employment in these areas will also be invited, taking the total number of participants to around 8,300.

What will the Youth19 Survey involve?

The survey will take up to 45 minutes to complete.

Your young person is free to choose whether or not they take part. Young people consent to take part in the survey on internet tablets that we will provide.

Those who agree to take part will complete a questionnaire about themselves and about issues affecting their health and wellbeing. The 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.

The survey is designed so that young people are not asked about sensitive topics (such as sexual health or drug use) that do not apply to them. For example, all young people will be asked if they have ever smoked a cigarette, but only those who answer ‘yes’ will receive further questions about smoking. Those who answer ‘no’ will move straight to the next topic. This means that young people will not be asked detailed questions about things outside of their direct experience.

The survey is set up to be private. Young people answer the questions on small hand-held internet tablets. Each young person will have their own tablet and can read the questions off the computer screen and them read aloud through headphones. They will answer questions by touching the appropriate box on the screen. The survey can be completed in te reo Māori or in English.

What if my young person doesn’t want to do the survey or answer the questions?

Taking part in the survey is voluntary (young people are free to choose if they want to take part or not).

Young people who take part can decline to answer any question, or can withdraw from the survey at any time.

What if I don’t want my young person to do the survey?

If you do not want your young person to participate in the Youth19 Survey please contact your school or the research team on 0800 YOUTH19 (0800 9688419) and we will not survey them. Please also discuss this with your young person.

Is the survey private? Will anyone know what said by any one person?

No names will be recorded and the results will be combined so that no-one – not even the researchers – will know how any particular young person has answered any of the questions. This means that we cannot withdraw the data of any particular young people once they have answered the questions, even if they ask us to do so.

What will happen to the information from the Youth19 Survey?

The answers from each young person are transferred automatically to a central computer database. No names or addresses are recorded with this information.

The combined results from all of the surveys will be summarised in reports and papers.

We will take care to ensure that no individual can be identified or even guessed at from the results.

When the all of the surveys are complete, the combined results will be analysed and reports prepared on particular aspects. These will be available on our website www.youth19.ac.nz

The information young people give us is very valuable. We will store it in a password protected computer database. It will be kept so that we can compare the results from the Youth19 survey with those from earlier surveys and surveys that we plan to do in the future.

Who is running the Youth19 Survey?

The Youth19 Survey is organised by a team of researchers from The University of Auckland, Victoria University, the University of Otago and AUT, with ethical approval from The University of Auckland Human Participants Ethics Committee.

The lead researchers are Dr Terryann Clark and Dr Terry Fleming.

How is Youth19 funded?

The survey is funded by the Health Research Council of New Zealand

Where can I find more information?

If you want to find out more about the Youth19 Survey and how it will be organised at your young person’s school, ask at their school office to speak with a staff member who is working with us, or contact one of our research team on 0800 YOUTH19 or at youth19@auckland.ac.nz