Value of YRBS

Why Is the YRBS Important?

Susan Court, former YRBS state coordinator and health enhancement specialist at the Montana Office of Public Instruction, explains the importance of CDC’s Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) and how it sheds light on the health issues students are facing. She explains how YRBS data can be used to improve adolescent health and well-being.

YRBS Questions on Sexual Health Behaviors

The Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) is used to learn about youth sexual health behaviors and experiences.

Uses of YRBS Data

Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) data can be used by health professionals in their day-to-day work to improve the health issues students are facing. 

Capturing YRBS Data from Students with Disabilities in Montana

Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) questions can collect health behavior data from student subgroups in states such as students with disabilities in Montana.

Presenting the Facts Increases YRBS Participation

Sharing facts about the many uses and benefits of collecting and using Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) data can increase school support and participation.

What Is the YRBS?

The Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) has monitored the health behaviors and experiences of U.S. students for over 30 years. The findings have helped health professionals and school officials support adolescent health and wellbeing.

What Is YRBS?
What Is YRBS?
Celeste Jorge, epidemiologist at the Connecticut Department of Public Health, introduces us to the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) and the value of its data. She explains how the information collected from YRBS can be used to help students make healthy choices to become healthy adults.

Help Students Make Healthier Choices

The Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) is used to learn what adolescents face.

Ways to Track Student Health Behaviors

The Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) can steer youth toward the right path.

Student Health Behaviors and Experiences Matter

The Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) can be used to help protect adolescents.

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Their Future is Our Future: 30 Years of Investing in Adolescent Health
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Back to School Facebook Event: Health & Academics
CDC experts Dr. Catherine Rasberry and Dr. Georgianne Tiu discuss the connection between teen health and academic achievement.
Beyond the Data - Adolescence: Preparing for Lifelong Health and Wellness
During adolescence, teens form new friendships, develop social skills, and learn behaviors that will last the rest of their lives. While today’s adolescents are making better decisions about their sexual behavior and substance use, some behaviors are a cause for concern. Find out which behaviors teens need help with and listen to Dr. Phoebe Thorpe and Dr. Kathleen Ethier discuss why schools and communities are an important resource for the health and safety of adolescents.

Adolescence: Preparing for Lifelong Health and Wellness
Today’s adolescents are engaging less in some risky behaviors, yet they need help in other areas as they navigate the teen years. Listen as Dr. John Iskander and Dr. Kathleen Ethier discuss the recent results of a national Youth Risk Behavior survey to learn about the progress being made and the challenges that remain