Data

SAPCA relies on a variety of community assessments and surveys to guide our work to prevent and reduce youth substance use. SAPCA tracks the following four outcome measures as mandated by our Drug Free Communities grant:

 Past 30 day use 

The percentage of youth who report using alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, or prescription drugs at least once in the 30 days immediately preceding the survey date.

Perception of Risk 

The percentage of youth who think there is moderate or great risk in binge drinking, smoking one or more packs of cigarettes per day, smoking marijuana once or twice a week, or using prescription drugs not prescribed to them.

Perception of Parental Disapproval  

The percentage of youth who report that their parents feel regular use of alcohol is wrong or very
wrong, and report that their parents feel any use of cigarettes, marijuana, or unprescribed prescription drugs is wrong.

Perception of Peer Disapproval 

The percentage of youth who report that their friends feel regular use of alcohol is wrong or very wrong, and report that their parents feel any use of cigarettes, marijuana, or unprescribed prescription drugs is wrong.

 

This information can be found in two surveys conducted in Alexandria Middle and High Schools: 
 

The Search Institute’s Profiles of Student Life: Attitudes and Behaviors Survey

Measures of the 40 Developmental Assets:

Eight indicators of thriving

Risk behaviors and high-risk behavior patterns

Deficit measures 

Four Core Measures data required of Drug Free Community grantees 

Want to learn more about Developmental Assets? Check out the presentation from our community workshop, Accelerating Assets in Alexandria, hosted on February 8, 2017.

Results from the Profiles of Student Life Survey (Developmental Assets):

Developmental Assets Data for All ACPS Schools 2016

Developmental Assets Data for All ACPS Schools _ 2013 

Four Core Measure Data _ Alcohol and Other Drugs_ 2013 

Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey 

This survey monitors six types of health-risk behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death and disability among youth and adults, including:
 

  • 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

Results from the Alexandria Youth Risk Behavior Survey:

Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data_2011 

2014 YRBS Report


Community Assessments

2008 GMU Qualitative Assessment of Alexandria Youth Substance Use 

2013 Community Assessment