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Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS)

The Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) was developed in 1990 to monitor priority health risk behaviors that contribute markedly to the leading causes of death, disability, and social problems among youth and adults in the United States.  These behaviors are often established during childhood and early adolescence.

The YRBS includes national, state, and local school-based surveys of representative samples of 9th through 12th grade students. These surveys are conducted every two years, usually during the spring semester. The national survey, conducted by CDC, provides data representative of high school students in public and private schools in the United States. The state and local surveys, conducted by departments of health and education, provide data representative of public high school students in each state or local school district.

The Youth Risk Behavior Survey results will be of great interest to many people in your state or district. Students, parents, school administrators, policymakers, and the general public will find the results relevant and useful. The document, Understanding Your Data, is designed to assist you in understanding, analyzing, and presenting the results of the YRBS that are provided for 2007 and 2009.

2009 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS)

The 2009 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) data is
available on the Centers for Disease Control website.

2009 Mississippi Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) data:

2009 High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS)

  • High School YRBS Questionnaire
  • The Item Rationale documents the importance of the questions included on the standard YRBS questionnaire and may be used to facilitate dissemination of your findings.
  • The Survey Summary provides a summary of the sample, including the number of participating students and schools, response rates, and weighted percentages of students by demographic characteristics.
  • The Summary Graphs contains color bar graphs representing both “positive” and “negative” results for selected behaviors.
  • The Demographic Tables contains the number and weighted percentages of students by demographic characteristics.
  • The Summary Tables contains the weighted percentage of students for each “response of interest (ROI)” for each question and each supplemental variable. The ROI represents a predetermined combination of response options.
  • The Detail Tables contain the number and weighted percentage of students for each response option by demographic characteristics.
  • The Graphs section contains color bar charts based on data from the Summary Tables.
  • The Trend Analyis Report Documentation describes how trends over time were calculated and should be interpreted
  • The Trend Analysis Report describes whether behaviors have increased, decreased, or stayed the same over time. The report provides this analysis for the total population, by sex, and by race/ethnicity categories.

2009 Middle School Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS)

  • The 2009 Middle School YRBS Questionnaire
  • The Item Rationale documents the importance of the questions included on the standard YRBS questionnaire and may be used to facilitate dissemination of your findings.
  • The Survey Summary provides a summary of the sample, including the number of participating students and schools, response rates, and weighted percentages of students by demographic characteristics.
  • The Summary Graphs contains color bar graphs representing both “positive” and “negative” results for selected behaviors.
  • The Demographic Tables contains the number and weighted percentages of students by demographic characteristics.
  • The Summary Tables contains the weighted percentage of students for each “response of interest (ROI)” for each question and each supplemental variable. The ROI represents a predetermined combination of response options.
  • The Detail Tables contain the number and weighted percentage of students for each response option by demographic characteristics.
  • The Graphs section Contains color bar charts based on data from the Summary Tables.
  • The Trend Analyis Report Documentation describes how trends over time were calculated and should be interpreted
  • The Trend Analysis Report describes whether behaviors have increased, decreased, or stayed the same over time. The report provides this analysis for the total population, by sex, and by race/ethnicity categories.
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