Planet Youth

Planet Youth Survey: Galway, Mayo, Roscommon

Study number (SN): 0071-00


Planet Youth Survey: Galway, Mayo, Roscommon 2018 (SN: 0071-01)

Planet Youth 2018

Planet Youth Survey: Galway, Mayo, Roscommon 2020 (SN: 0071-02)

Planet Youth 2020


The Planet Youth study administers a lifestyle questionnaire to 15–16-year-olds in the target community.

In this instance the target community was all of the post primary schools in Galway, Mayo and Roscommon.

Major topics covered in the questionnaire include substance use, peer factors, family factors, school experience, leisure activities, internet and screen use, self-reported physical and mental health, sleep, bullying.

The purpose of the study is to examine the risk and protective factors in the lives and social environment of young people and to generate the data that will inform the development of community-based interventions to address same.

Interventions developed are in the four domains of:

1. Parents and Family

2. School

3. Leisure time and local community

4. Peer group

Data creators
Emmet Major WRDATF 6 Galway Technology Park, Parkmore, Galway City, H91 W30F
Diarmuid O’Donovan Adjunct Professor School of Medicine, NUI Galway, H91 TK33

Data collectors
Emmet Major WRDATF 6 Galway Technology Park, Parkmore, Galway City, H91 W30F
Jón Sigfússon Icelandic Centre for Social Research and Analysis 1 Menntavegur Reykjavik 101 Iceland

The study was funded by the Western Region Drug and Alcohol Task Force (WRDATF), the HSE, TUSLA – Child and Family Agency, Mayo County Council, Galway County Council and Galway City Council.


Health and Wellbeing

  • substance use
  • mental health
  • physical activity
  • family and school experience
  • internet use
  • bullying and other behaviours



The target group was 15-16-year-old students in their post Junior Certificate year in counties Galway, Mayo and Roscommon. All post-primary schools and Youthreach centres were included in the study.

Observation units

• Individuals

Time dimension

This cross-sectional study was conducted in 2018 and 2020 and will be repeated in 2022

Geographical coverage

Country: Ireland
Region: West
County: Galway, Mayo, Roscommon 

Methods of data collection

• PAPI (Paper and Pencil Interviewing)

Sampling procedures

Self-completion (distributed by post, email or other)

LINKS (Irish site includes county reports) (Icelandic international site) 


Accessing the data

To access the data, please complete a ISSDA Data Request Form for Research Purposes, sign it, and send it to ISSDA by email.

For teaching purposes, please complete the ISSDA Data Request Form for Teaching Purposes, and follow the procedures, as above. Teaching requests are approved on a once-off module/workshop basis. Subsequent occurrences of the module/workshop require a new teaching request form.

Data will be disseminated on receipt of a fully completed, signed form. Incomplete or unsigned forms will be returned to the data requester for completion.


Joint copyright to the dataset belongs to the Western Regional Drug and Alcohol Task Force and the Department of Public Health, HSE West. The copyright to the Planet Youth Questionnaires belongs with ICSRA in Reykjavik University


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