Youth Risk Behavior Survey


The Youth Risk Behavior Survey was developed to monitor health behaviors that contribute markedly to the leading causes of death, disability, and social problems among youth and adults in the United States. Health topics assessed include: mental health, intrapersonal conflict, tobacco, alcohol or drug use, and sexual activity. The survey is conducted every other year among middle school and high school students and allows us to measure the prevalence of health behaviors, examine trends over time, and compare subpopulations. about the data

What we do

  • Collaborate with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to develop the survey.
  • Add questions of particular interest in state after bi-annual consultation with the Rhode Island Youth Risk Behavior Survey Advisory Committee.
  • Contract with ICF Macro to administer the Youth Risk Behavior Survey in public and charter schools in the state.
  • Publish reports and health promotional material based on the survey findings.
  • Respond to requests for data.

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