HBSC Ireland 2006 has found that 42.7 % of school-children in Ireland report that they were injured and needed medical treatment from a doctor or a nurse once or more in the previous 12 months (51.1 % of boys and 33.8 % of girls) representing a decrease from 2002 (45.8%). Among both girls and boys most injuries occur in the 12-14 year old age group. Children who were injured are more likely to report feeling pressured by schoolwork, having been bullied and bullying others and spending 4 or more evenings per week out with friends. They are less likely to report feeling very happy with their lives, living with both parents and liking school. In this factsheet being injured refers to being injured and needing madical attention at least once in the last 12 months. Why this topic? Unintentional injuries and their consequences are the leading cause of hospitalisation, disability and death among children and adolescents2. Many of these injuries occur in the home3. The high prevalence of child and adolescent injury confirms this issue as an important public health problem4. Trends 2002-2006 There has been a slight decrease in the percentage of children who report a medically attended injury during the previous 12 months. This decrease is larger among boys (from 57.1 % to 51.1%) than girls (from 37.5 % to 33.8%) and is largest among children aged 10-11 years (from 46.2 % to 37.1%). More boys than girls continue to be injured across all age groups

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