Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS)
The Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) is a national survey, conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) every two years among representative samples of 9th through 12th grade students. The survey monitors six types of health-risk 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 that contribute to unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV infection
- Alcohol and other drug use
- Tobacco use
- Unhealthy dietary behaviors
- Inadequate physical activity
YRBS also measures the prevalence of obesity and asthma among youth and young adults in high school.
In New Hampshire, YRBS is jointly administered by the Departments of Health & Human Services and Education. High schools are given the opportunity to participate in either the random state survey, a comprehensive school level census survey, or both. The survey was administered in New Hampshire schools during the early winter of 2015. The results are now available towards below. The data from the YRBS are used extensively by health departments, schools, and local area agencies to define areas of high health risk and to secure the resources necessary to address any identified issues.
2017 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS)
- 2017 New Hampshire Youth Risk Behavior (YRBS) Questionnaire
- Why School Participation is Critical, 9/8/16 Presentation
- Letters of Support from National Organizations
2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS)
- 2015 NH Youth Risk Behavior Survey - List of Participating Schools
- 2015 NH Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) Questionnaire
- How Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data is Used by Schools
- 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey Training Guide
- Why School Participation is Critical, 10/24/2014 Presentation
- Letter to NH School Administrators
- 2015 YRBS Questionnaire Advisory Work Group
- List of Substance Misuse Coordinators in Public Health Regions
- Public Health Region Map
- Selection Rationale for 2015 Questions (Due to large size, file available only upon request, please contact Health Statistics & Data Management
2015 NH Youth Risk Behavior Survey Results
YRBS results are presented in table format. This report gives the breakdown of responses for each question by age, grade, race/ethnicity, and gender.
- Capital Area Survey Results
- Central New Hampshire Survey Results
- Greater Monadnock Survey Results
- Greater Nashua Survey Results
- Greater Sullivan Survey Results
- Manchester Survey Results
- North Country Survey Results
- Seacoast Survey Results
- Strafford County Survey Results
- Upper Valley Survey Results
- Winnipesaukee Survey Results
- High School Survey Summary Tables
- Student privacy must remain a number one priority.
- The questionnaire is designed to protect the anonymity of students.
- No names or other types of personally identifying information are ever requested.
- The survey environment should be set up so that students sit as far apart as possible throughout the classroom and have a piece of paper to cover their responses.
- Neither survey administrators nor classroom teachers wander around the classroom while students are taking the survey.
Guidance for Special Needs Students
The YRBS survey should be offered to all students within selected classrooms. Accommodations for special needs students may follow the protocol currently in place for that school and that student, the criteria being that: 1) privacy of the student is maintained; no student should have to respond to another person to complete the survey or have another person see their responses; and 2) the student must respond using the standard YRBS survey booklet.
Both school administrators and students must feel confident that every reasonable effort has been made to protect their privacy. It is strongly recommended that all survey coordinators (and survey administrators, as deemed necessary by the coordinator) sign a confidentiality agreement that can be shown to school administrators. This provides the message that the commitment to confidentiality is a serious one and reinforces the survey administrators' obligation to protect student privacy.
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