What is the Ohio Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS)?
The Ohio Youth Risk Behavior Survey is part of a nationwide surveying effort conducted every two years in a sample of high schools across the state. This effort is led by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to monitor students' health risks and behaviors in six categories identified as most likely to result in adverse outcomes. These categories include unintentional injury and violence; tobacco use; alcohol and other drug use; sexual behaviors that contribute to unintended pregnancy and disease; dietary behaviors; and physical inactivity.
Ohio's Particpation in the YRBS
The YRBS is the largest public health surveillance system in the U.S. and the only reliable source of health behavior data for the teen population in Ohio. Ohio has participated in the YRBS since 1993 and has obtained weighted date every two years, except in 1995, 2001 and 2009. The YRBS data are used at the state and local levels to:
compare Ohio's progress to achieving national objectives for Healthy People 2020
assess trends in priority health-risk behaviors among high school students
evaluate the impact of school board and community interventions and
provide data for informed legislative, policy and practice decisions
Results of the YRBS are disseminated in a variety of means, including the following reports:
The following table provides 2013 Ohio-specific summary data and PowerPoint presentations on ten specific topics. High response rates allow results of the Ohio YRBS to be generalized to all Ohio students in grades 9-12.
For national, state and large city YRBS results, please visit the CDC Web site.
For more information, contact the Ohio Department of Health YRBS Coordinator at 614/728-2957.
Adolescent YRBS brochures
The Ohio Disability and Health Program created three factsheets sharing information on health risk behaviors among high school students with disability in Ohio: “Disability and Health Among Ohio High School Students in 2013”, “Disability and Bullying in Ohio”, and “Substance Use: Youth with Disabilities in Ohio.”
PDFs of these materials can be found here:
If you are interested in receiving printed copies of these materials, please contact David Ellsworth at David.Ellsworth@odh.ohio.gov or call (614) 644-9848
Page Updated: 9/10/15
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