The research intended to obtain quality epidemiological data on adolescents that could serve as a foundation for preventive interventions planning. A representative sample of the survey included 4821 students from 24 secondary schools in Zagreb, Croatian capital. Age of the participants was 14 to 19 (48.2% female and 43.7% were male).
Data indicates a high prevalence of alcohol consumption (21.8% of the participants use alcohol once or twice a week) while cannabis is used once or twice a week by 6.1% of the participants. Peer violence is also present, as many as 37% of the survey respondents report that they have witnessed their peers being abused during last 4 weeks, and 17% of them have been exposed to peer violence themselves. 27,2% of participants reports they have been sad and hopeless during last two weeks, 9,4% have made a plan how to commit suicide while 4,4% of participants have reported the attempt to commit suicide. School attachment of children is quite low while their perception of family protective factors is quite high. 12,2% of participants report upon serious depressive symptoms, 22,2% report upon severe anxiety symptoms and 7,5% report upon severe stress symptoms.
The purpose of the paper is to present the starting point for continuous monitoring of the needs of adolescents in Croatia, aiming national monitoring and data that could serve as a starting point for youth intervention planning.