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Youth Risk Behavior Survey

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Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) Overview

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) developed the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance (YRBS) System to monitor risk behaviors among youth. Since 2001, Boulder County YRBS survey results have measured how many youth engage in health risk behaviors and how many practice health-promoting behaviors, as well as trends over time.

Survey results are used to create school and community programs to reduce youth risk behaviors, and to encourage health, safety, and academic achievement.

YRBS Quick Facts

  • YRBS surveys were administered in October and November 2013.
  • The survey is administered to a random sample of 7th - 12th grade classrooms in Boulder Valley School District and 9th - 12th grade classrooms in St. Vrain Valley School District.
  • The YRBS survey is designed to be completed in one regular classroom period.  It does not include a physical test or exam.
  • The high school survey consists of 121 questions. The middle school survey is 71 questions.
  • Student participation is anonymous. Results are reported by school district and county only.
  • Students who are opted-out by their parents or guardians are assigned an alternate educational activity within the same classroom.
  • Input from all students in sampled classrooms helps produce an accurate picture of youth behavior county-wide.
  • The YRBS survey is confidential and voluntary and asks students about their own health behaviors.

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