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Subjective health status


Self-reported measures of health status provide a holistic picture of an individual's health. This indicator looks at the number of young people (aged 12-24 years) who reporting their health as good, very good or excellent.

Subjective health - or self-reported health status - has been extensively studied. It has been shown to be a good predictor of morbidity and disability and serves as a good measure of health status in the general population.

Individuals' experience of health differs in many ways, even when the same differences are not present in more objective indicators of health. These differences can be influenced by the social, physical or economic environments in which people experience their health, and by individual characteristics (such as their personality, behaviours, cultural or spiritual beliefs).

Self-reported measures provide a more holistic picture of an individual's health status than combining single, objective measures by bringing together the multiple strands of health into a single question: “In general, would you say your health is…?”.  This indicator looks at the proportion of young people who answered 'good', 'very good' or 'excellent' to this question.

This indicator relates to the 'happy and healthy' outcome.

How will we measure this?

  • Data will be drawn from the New Zealand Health Survey and the Youth Health and Wellbeing Survey - 'WhatAboutMe?'
  • Data from New Zealand Health Survey is updated annually in November.
  • Baseline data from the Youth Health and Wellbeing Survey - 'WhatAboutMe?' is expected in late 2021.

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Last updated: 
Thursday, 23 July 2020