YRBS Data Summary & Trends

CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Supplement on the 2019 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) provides the most recent surveillance data on health behaviors and experiences among high school students across the country. It reports on risks that contribute to the leading causes of death and disability among youth and young adults.

Trends Report
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The Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data Summary & Trends Report uses YRBS data from 2009 to 2019 to focus on four priority focus areas associated with STDs, including HIV, and unintended teen pregnancy:

  • Sexual Behavior
  • High-Risk Substance Use
  • Experiencing Violence, and
  • Mental Health and Suicide.

These health risk behaviors and experiences contribute to substantial health problems for adolescents.

To raise awareness and understanding of the prevention needs of adolescents, this report presents ten-year trends for 24 variables using YRBS data by sex, by race/ethnicity, and by sexual minority status.

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Trends Fact Sheets
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The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System was developed in 1990 to monitor health behaviors that contribute markedly to the leading causes of death, disability, and social problems among youth in the United States. These behaviors are often established during childhood and early adolescence and can continue into adulthood. These fact sheets include trends from 1991-2019 related to behaviors associated with HIV, STDs, and unintended teen pregnancy.


YRBS infographic Experiencing Violence

YRBS Infographic Mental Health

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YRBS Infographic Sexual Behaviors