The Youth Risk Behavior Survey is one component of the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to monitor priority health risk behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death, disability, and social problems among youth in the United States.
Health risk behaviors are often established during childhood and early adolescence. These behaviors are identified by the CDC as unintentional and intentional injuries, tobacco use, unhealthy dietary behaviors, physical inactivity, alcohol and other drug use, violence/injury, sexual behaviors/STD’s/HIV/AIDS/unintended pregnancies. (The questions that deal with sexual behaviors, STDs and pregnancy are omitted on the Middle School questionnaires)
Tennessee began participating in the YRBS survey in 1991. The state receives both technical assistance and financial support from the CDC to conduct the YRBS. Both High School and Middle School students are now surveyed in the spring of odd numbered calendar years. The survey is voluntary and completely anonymous. The Office of Coordinated School Health administers the 99-question High School survey to approximately 1500 students statewide. The 58-question Middle School survey is conducted regionally encompassing the West, Middle, East & Urban regions of the state and approximately 1000 students in each region are surveyed. When participation rates are adequately achieved among the randomly selected schools, the results of the YRBS may be generalized to all students in the state.
The following years are available:
Urban (Knoxville, Chattanooga, Memphis, Nashville)