INRS, a key player in the Portrait of Youth Wellbeing project

October 10, 2019 | Julie Robert

Mise à jour : November 4, 2020

The Observatoire Jeunes et Société (OJS) of the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS) with the Fondation Jeunes en Tête unveiled today the first portrait of the wellbeing of Quebec youth aged 11 to 17 which is based on data from the most recent statistical surveys. The project’s team wishes to make the data in this portrait available to equip and guide the actions of regional and provincial organizations. 

A unique portrait 

Nicole Gallant, professor

The Portrait of Youth Wellbeing in Quebec is a scientific tool produced for the Fondation Jeunes en Tête at INRS by the Observatoire Jeunes et Société. This exercise is a first for the province, especially since it looks at each of Quebec’s regions. It measures youth wellbeing through the statistical study of six aspects: material conditions, education, physical and mental health, living environment and subjective wellbeing. The Portrait also highlights the skills acquired by students in the Master’s program in mobilization and knowledge transfer at the INRS. 

“This is the most comprehensive study of youth wellbeing in Quebec. The data is drawn from major surveys conducted by Statistics Canada and the Institut de la Statistique du Québec, as well as administrative data collected by certain Quebec ministries”   

Nicole Gallant, full professor with the INRS and scientific head of the Portrait.

“We found that for some indicators, youth are doing better than before, but the opposite is true for others. This portrait lets us better understand the challenges faced by Quebec’s youth today in terms of their overall wellbeing, but especially their mental health challenges, which are at the heart of our foundation’s mission,” stated Catherine Burrows, Director of Youth Services at the Fondation Jeunes en Tête. 

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