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Youth Risk Behavior Survey

The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) monitors six categories of health-related behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death and disability among youth and adults, including:

  • Behaviors that contribute to unintentional injuries and violence;
  • Sexual behaviors related to unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV infection;
  • Alcohol and other drug use;
  • Tobacco use;
  • Unhealthy dietary behaviors; and
  • Inadequate physical activity.

The YRBSS includes a national school-based survey called the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS). The YRBS is conducted biennially in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A random sample of approximately 50 high schools in Indiana is surveyed, and 60% participation is required to obtain weighted data that is representative of teens across the state.

Survey results from the YRBS also enable IDOH to understand what youth are experiencing and identify areas of need for future programming. The YRBS is beneficial for other research related to youth studies. Overall, the goal of the survey is to understand the risk factors that exist among youth and use the data to assist schools, health professionals, and others in providing services to this population to support youth as they progress into adulthood.

YRBS is supported by the Division of Adolescent and School Health’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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