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Youth Online - The CDC Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System

For over twenty years the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have tracked youth functioning, particularly risk behavior. Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's ongoing source of high-quality data at the national, state, and large urban school district levels for monitoring health-risk behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of mortality and morbidity among youth and adults in the United States. This important resource has helped track trends in these behaviors and provides ability to compare variations by location, demographic characteristics, and other groupings. With the latest report they have added a new feature we want to share with you.

Youth Online is a web-based data exploration tool based on the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS).* It allows you to create tables and graphs of Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) results from 1991-2013. You can compare these results from different locations, across health risk behavior topics, and by demographic subgroups. 

You can also filter and sort on the basis of race/ethnicity, sex, grade, or site, create customized tables and graphs, and perform statistical tests by site and health topic. Data from high school and middle school surveys are included. 

We, at Youth-Nex, note it can also be used to track positive functioning of youth. For example:

Some Report Highlights

  • Nationwide, 54.0% of students had played on at least one sports team (run by their school or community groups) during the 12 months before the survey.
  • During 1991-2013, a significant linear increase occurred overall in the prevalence of having participated in muscle strengthening exercises on 3 or more days.
  • During 2013, 78.1% of high school students nationwide had not ridden in a car or other vehicle driven by someone who had been drinking alcohol one or more times during the 30 days before the survey. 
  • Nationwide, 86.3% of students had eaten breakfast during the 7 days before the survey.
  • Nationwide, 80.4% of students had not been bullied on school property during the 12 months before the survey.

Interact with the data here or click on the map below.


Interact with the data here or click on the map above.

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