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National YRBS Data for 2011 Released

Friday, June 8, 2012

HHS Office of Adolescent Health: Yesterday, the Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) released the 2011 national, state, and local Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) results in an MMWR Surveillance Summary. YRBS monitors six categories of priority health-risk behaviors among high school students—behaviors that contribute to unintentional injuries and violence; tobacco use; alcohol and other drug use; sexual behaviors that contribute to unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV infection; unhealthy dietary behaviors; and physical inactivity—plus the prevalence of asthma and obesity. This year’s Surveillance Summary includes results from the 2011 National YRBS and from 43 state and 21 local YRBSs.

In addition, Youth Online—a Web-based data system that allows users to view and analyze national, state, and local YRBS results—has been updated. Youth Online provides quick access to comprehensive results on youth health risk behaviors from 1991 through 2011. This Web-based data system allows users to view and analyze national, state, and local YRBS results, and includes the following features:

• Interactive tables that allow users to filter and sort results by race/ethnicity, sex, grade, or site
• Capability to filter racial/ethnic subgroups
• Ability to create tables with results from multiple sites or multiple questions
• Ability to test statistical differences between two results using t-tests
• Graphing capabilities
• Ability to create customizable fact sheets
• An online help feature

• Access to results from middle school YRBSs

For more information, visit www.cdc.gov/yrbs to view the press release, MMWR Surveillance Summary, 2011 Youth Online, numerous YRBS-based fact sheets, and more.