Results from Alexandria 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Survey Released!
The Partnership for a Healthier Alexandria has released the results of the 2011 Alexandria Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS). The YRBS, based on the original Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is a voluntary, anonymous, self-reported survey of youth in grades 7-12. The goal of the survey is to obtain information on six risk areas identified as contributing to the leading causes of death, disability, and social problems among youth in the United States. These risk areas are:
- Physical health,
- Behaviors that contribute to injuries,
- Alcohol and other drug use,
- Tobacco use,
- Sexual behaviors, and
- Dietary behavior.
The 2011 Alexandria YRBS survey was administered in the Alexandria City Public Schools, grades 7-12, in December 2011. Two separate standardized surveys were used, one for middle school students including 59 questions, and one for high school students including 95 questions (survey questions are below). A total of 2,762 students completed the surveys. The survey results reveal that Alexandria’s youth risk behaviors are healthier than the national average in some areas while their behavior puts them at higher risk for less favorable health outcomes in other areas.
YRBS data provide:
- Community members and parents with a snapshot of the well-being of Alexandria’s youth.
- New information on areas of health for which schools, City government, non-profit organizations and the community can target evidenced-based interventions and programs to address the needs of our youth.
- Schools, the City government, non-profits and other organizations with data to strengthen grant applications.
Additional YRBS Resources