Adolescent Behaviors and Experiences Survey (ABES)

  • CDC will launch a new online survey for high school students in Spring 2021.
  • The survey will assess the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on youth health.
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CDC uses a system of surveys to monitor health behaviors and experiences among high school students. The surveys are administered in school and help identify potential health risks affecting our nation’s youth.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many youth have experienced a disruption to their school routines, including modified/ hybrid attendance schedules and distance learning.

Therefore, CDC is implementing the Adolescent Behaviors and Experiences Survey (ABES) to reach adolescents outside of school and assess the impact of the pandemic on their health, including emotional well-being.

Introducing the Adolescent Behaviors and Experiences Survey (ABES)
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  • CDC is selecting a random, nationally representative sample of high school students (grades 9 through 12) to participate in ABES from January 2021-May 2021.
  • Students may only participate once, and the online survey takes 20-35 minutes to complete. Participation is voluntary, and individual responses are anonymous.
  • Survey results cannot be tracked to an individual student or school.
  • ABES data on high school student health during the COVID-19 pandemic will be released in Fall 2021.

ABES results will be used to provide support to the nation’s youth

ABES will inform our understanding of how adolescents are coping during the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey will capture information on student health risk behaviors, COVID-19 related experiences, emotional well-being, and many other topics.

ABES results will help guide decision making for student support and school health programs as the United States works to emerge from the pandemic.