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NCJ Number: 242567 Find in a Library
Title: Methodology of the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System — 2013
Author(s): Nancy D. Brener, Ph.D.; Laura Kann, Ph.D.; Shari Shanklin, M.S.; Steve Kinchen; Danice K. Eaton, Ph.D.; Joseph Hawkins, M.A.; Katherine H. Flint, M.S.
Corporate Author: Ctr's for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
United States of America
Date Published: March 2013
Page Count: 25
Sponsoring Agency: Ctr's for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Atlanta, GA 30333
Sale Source: Ctr's for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
1600 Clifton Road
Atlanta, GA 30333
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Survey
Format: Document; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report explains the purpose and the methodology of the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS), which was established in 1991 to monitor six categories of priority health-risk behaviors among youths and young adults.
Abstract: “Priority health-risk behaviors” are defined as “interrelated and preventable behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of morbidity and mortality among youths and adults.” The six categories of priority health-risk behaviors monitored by the YRBSS are behaviors that contribute to unintentional injuries and violence; sexual behaviors that contribute to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, other sexually transmitted diseases, and unintended pregnancy; tobacco use; alcohol and other drug use; unhealthy dietary behaviors; and physical inactivity. The latter categories include the prevalence of obesity and asthma among this population. The YRBSS obtains data on these behaviors from multiple sources, including a national school-based survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), along with school-based State, territorial, tribal, and large urban school district surveys conducted by education and health agencies. These surveys have been conducted biennially since 1991. They involve representative samples of students in grades 9-12. The CDC first published the YRBSS methodology in 2004 (MMWR 2004:53, No RR-121). The current report on the YRBSS methodology includes improvements made since the 2004 report. These include increases in the YRBSS’s coverage and expanded CDC technical assistance for entities that collect data used by the YRBSS. This report updates questionnaire content; operational procedures; sampling, weighting, and response rate; data-collection protocols; data-processing procedures; reports and publications; and data quality. Also included in this report are the results of methods studies that have systematically examined how various survey procedures influence prevalence estimates. There will continue to be ongoing revisions of the questionnaire, new population additions, and the development of innovative data-collection methods. 43 references, 2 exhibits, and 3 tables
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Adolescents at risk; Children at risk; Juvenile delinquency factors; Juvenile delinquency prevention; Juvenile health services; Juvenile mental health services; Problem behavior; Public Health Service; Research design
Note: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, March 1, 2013
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