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Youth Risk Behavior Survey

The Indiana Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) is part of a nationwide surveying effort led and funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to monitor students' health risks and behaviors in six categories, including weight and diet, physical activity, injury and violence, tobacco use, alcohol and other drug use, and sexual behaviors. The YRBS is conducted every two years among a representative group of Indiana students in grades 9–12. Data from individual students and schools are confidential. The CDC analyzed the data and then provided the results to each participating state.

In 2011, the Indiana State Department of Health administered the YRBS in high schools across the state. Forty-four high schools and 2,855 students participated. The YRBS provides comparable local, state, and national data, as well as comparable data among subpopulations of youth. Health officials can use the data to monitor progress towards achieving the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Healthy People 2020 objectives as well as to guide health programs. Indiana schools, local health departments, and other youth-serving organizations can also use this data to demonstrate the need for services when applying for grants.

ISDH News Release June 22, 2012

CDC News Release June 7, 2012

CDC News Release June 12, 2014

How do you use YRBS data? Help us continue implementing the YRBS by letting us know how you use the data and support the survey.

2011 Materials

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) Division of Maternal and Child Health (MCH) is pleased to provide posters containing risk behavior data of Indiana high school students. This data was collected in 2011 using the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) and provides accurate data on Indiana adolescents surrounding tobacco use, injury and violence, nutrition, physical activity, alcohol and other drugs, and sexual behavior.

The posters are available immediately for download by simply selecting the poster from the list below.

Alcohol &
Other Drugs
Injury &
Nutrition Physical
Tobacco Violence &


To order poster sets containing all 7 individual posters, please email the number of sets you’d like and your mailing address to Robyn Matthews at The posters can be shipped to any location in the state at no cost.


Additional Data (Provided by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)