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Brazil National Survey of School Health 2012


General Info
Original or alternative title 
Pesquisa Nacional de Saude do Escolar (PeNSE) 2012
Brazil (BRA)
Coverage type 
Time period covered 
04/2012 - 09/2012
Series or system 
Brazil National Survey of School Health (PENSE)
Data type
  • Facility (non-health)
  • Individual
  • Interview
  • Nationally representative

The Brazil National Survey of School Health 2012 surveyed ninth grade students in the 26 state capitals and the Federal District to investigate health risk factors such as sedentary lifestyle, diet, bullying, substance use, and sexual activity.

Out of a sample of 3,004 schools, a total of 109,104 students from 2,842 schools were successfully interviewed.

Two questionnaires were used: one for students and one for school conditions. Topics covered in the student questionnaire included: sociodemographic characteristics, physical activity, violence, sexual and reproductive health, body image, and consumption of alcohol, tobacco, and drugs. The school questionnaire collected data on school size, equipment, practices, policies, and risk of violence.