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2013 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS)

Thursday, August 21st, 2014 - 8:30am


All teens take risks. For some, this means pursuing new interests, trying on new clothes, experimenting with hairstyles, and getting that first real job. For others, it can mean drinking, smoking, drug use, criminal behavior, violence, and risky sexual activity. Join us for a free webinar on Thursday, August 21 at 11:00am to learn more about South Carolina teens' risky behaviors from the 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), presented by Benjamin Goodwin from the Office of Student Intervention Services at the SC Department of Education.

The YRBS has been conducted in South Carolina in high schools every other year since 1991 and in middle schools since 2005. The surveys, conducted in the spring of odd-numbered years by SC Healthy Schools at the SC Department of Education, is part of a national effort to monitor priority health risk behaviors that contribute markedly to the leading causes of death, disability, and social problems among youth and adults in the United States. These behaviors, often established during childhood and early adolescence, include:

  • Tobacco use
  • Unhealthy dietary behaviors
  • Inadequate physical activity
  • Alcohol and drug use
  • Sexual behaviors that contribute to HIV infection, other sexually transmitted diseases, and unintended pregnancies
  • Behaviors that contributed to intentional and unintentional injury, including suicide