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Title: Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance --- United States, 2007
Author(s): Danice K. Eaton Ph.D.; Laura Kann Ph.D.; Steve Kinchen; Shari Shanklin M.S.; James Ross M.S.; Joseph Hawkins M.A.; William A. Harris M.M.; Richard Lowry M.D.; Tim McManus M.S.; David Chyen M.S.; Connie Lim M.P.A.; Nancy D. Brener Ph.D.; Howell Wechsler Ed.D.
Date Published: June 2008
Page Count: 136
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: HTML (By Chapter)|PDF
Type: Statistics
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This annual report, published by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), monitors certain health-risk behaviors in youth and young adults.
Abstract: Results found that since 1991, the prevalence of many health-risk behaviors among high school students nationwide has decreased. However, many high school students continue to engage in behaviors that place them at risk for the leading causes of mortality and morbidity. The prevalence of most risk behaviors does not vary substantially among cities and States. The results include findings on behaviors that contribute to unintentional injury, such as seat belt use, helmet use, alcohol related motor vehicle activity, and behaviors that contribute to violence, such as carrying weapons, fighting, dating violence, and sexual assault. Alcohol, tobacco, drug use, and lifestyle related issues are also covered. The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) monitors six categories of priority health-risk behaviors among youth and young adults, including 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 (STDs), including human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection; unhealthy dietary behaviors; and physical inactivity. YRBSS includes a national school-based survey conducted by the CDC, and State and local school-based surveys conducted by State and local education and health agencies. Data were collected from the national survey, 39 State surveys, and 22 local surveys conducted among students in grades 9–12 during 2007. For the 2007 national YRBS, 14,103 questionnaires were completed in 157 schools. Tables, references
Main Term(s): Assessment (child health and welfare); Juveniles; Risk taking behavior
Index Term(s): Adolescent attitudes; Adolescents at risk; Behavior patterns; Behavioral and Social Sciences
Note: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Vol. 57, No. SS-4, June 6, 2008; downloaded June 18, 2008.
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