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Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) Health Profiles: School Districts - Race - 1yr - Traditional High Schools [HTML5]


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Background

The Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) is part of an epidemiological surveillance system that was established in 1990 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The purpose of the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) is to help monitor the prevalence of behaviors that put Alaskan youth at risk for the most significant health and social problems that can occur during adolescence and adulthood, in order to assist in prevention and intervention planning and evaluation. The YRBS survey is a school-based survey of high school students conducted in odd-numbered years administered in cooperation with the Department of Health and Social Services.

This anonymous survey examines a minimum of six categories of adolescent behavior:

  • behaviors that result in unintentional and intentional injuries
  • tobacco use
  • alcohol and other drug use
  • sexual behaviors that can result in HIV infection, other sexually transmitted diseases (STD’s) and unintended pregnancies
  • dietary behaviors
  • physical activity

The Alaska YRBS also asks students about other influences on their health, such as:

  • school activities, volunteerism, and parent and community support; and
  • how they perceive risk and approval of tobacco, alcohol or marijuana use.

The YRBS has been administered in Alaska in years 1995, 1999 (excluding Anchorage), and biennially in odd-number years since 2003. Weighted (representative) data were collected in 1995, 2003, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, and 2015 resulting in statewide data reports.

YRBS by Alaska School Districts

In addition to contributing to the scientific sample of traditional (comprehensive) Alaska high schools in order to obtain statewide prevalence estimates, school districts were given the opportunity to survey their student body starting in 2003 in order to learn more about local adolescent behavior. These ad hoc student surveys from traditional high schools have been aggregated to the 54 school districts in Alaska. As this collection of surveys is not conducted with the same scientific rigor as those producing the statewide estimates, the resulting rates should be considered indicators of the existence of specific behaviors but not necessarily the precise prevalence estimates. For the district estimates, the surveys have been weighted to represent their district or school if participation was 50% or higher of eligible students. Surveys collected where the participation was less than 50% received a weight of one, i.e., representative of the respondent only. All available high school YRBS surveys are used regardless of their source as part of the statewide and/or local samples or type of school.

 

The district presentation of the YRBS data is intended to provide information about adolescent behaviors at the sub-state level. The data show that adolescent risk behaviors exist in every region, although the magnitude can vary. Statewide estimates for traditional high school students are included for comparison.