Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey (OSDUHS) [Canada]
This survey is important because it provides current and reliable information about the health risk behaviour, attitudes and beliefs of Ontario adolescents, and tracks changes over time. Findings from the OSDUHS have been widely used by health, education, and government officials in setting health priorities and facilitating preventative policies, programs and services that address youths' needs.
The OSDUHS began as a drug use survey, but is now a broader study of adolescent health and well-being. Topics covered include: tobacco, alcohol and other drug use and harmful consequences of use, mental health indicators, physical health indicators, health care utilization, body image, gambling and video gaming behaviours and problems, violence and bullying, criminal behaviours, school connectedness, and family life.
Dr. Robert Mann. Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
Angela Paglia-Boak. Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
Institute for Social Research (ISR). York University
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The 2009 school sample is based on a longitudinal sample commencing in 2001. The school sample selection occurred as follows:
a) To select the initial 2001 sample, schools were drawn from Ontario’s Ministry of Education and Training’s enrolment data, and were stratified according to the four design regions.
b) Within each regional stratum, a random selection of schools was chosen, separately for elementary/middle schools and secondary schools. Schools were selected with probability proportional to enrolment size (meaning that larger schools have a greater probability of being selected). The schools that participated in 2001 were invited to participate in cycles since then, including the 2009 cycle. In addition, in 2009 new schools were also selected for specific public health region over-samples.
c) If a selected school could not participate, or if it had closed, a replacement school from the same region was selected. The sampling frame for new schools and replacement schools was based on the Ministry of Education and Training’s 2006/2007 enrolment data (most recently available).
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Time Period Covered:1977-2011
Geographic Unit:Ontario only
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Aggregate data is available in table form through CAMH's publications and reports.
Citation requirement:Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. 2011. Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey (OSDUHS), 1977 - 2011 [Canada] [public-use microdata file]. Toronto, Ontario: Centre for Addiction and Mental Health [producer and distributor].
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