Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS)

The Youth Risk Behavior Survey is a school-based survey used to monitor priority health risk behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death, disability, and social problems among youth. This survey is based on a two-stage cluster probability sample design. The responses of the survey participants are weighted to be representative of all Florida public high school students. The survey includes questions regarding the following topics:

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.

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In 1991 the first Florida YRBS was administered and in 2001 became part of the Florida Youth Survey (FYS), which includes the Florida Youth Tobacco Survey (FYTS), the Middle School Heath Behavior Survey (MSHBS), and the Florida Youth Substance Abuse Survey (FYSAS).

Survey is conducted biannually by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

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Youth Risk Behavior Survey

Reliability and Validity

The Methodology of the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System contains a description of most of the methodological studies conducted to date on the YRBS questionnaire or YRBS data collection procedures.

These studies include test-retest reliability studies on the 1991 and 1999 versions of the questionnaire; a study assessing the validity of self-reported height and weight; a study assessing the effect of changing the race/ethnicity question; a study examining how varying honesty appeals, question wording, and data-editing protocols affect prevalence estimates; and a study examining how varying the mode and setting of survey administration affects prevalence estimates.

Administration, Analysis and Reporting

Statistics Solutions consists of a team of professional methodologists and statisticians that can assist the student or professional researcher in administering the survey instrument, collecting the data, conducting the analyses and explaining the results.

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