NYS 2019 YRBS Survey and Information

The 2019 NYS Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) was completed by 1,518 students in 21 public and vocational high schools in New York (excluding New York City), during the spring of 2019.

The school response rate was 70%, the student response rate was 85%, and the overall response rate was 59%. The results are (weighted) representative of all students in grades 9-12. In addition, 17 NYS high schools participated as part of the National YRBS data set.

Students completed a self-administered, anonymous, 99-item questionnaire. Survey procedures were designed to protect the privacy of students by allowing for anonymous and voluntary participation. Local parental permission procedures were followed before survey administration.

The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) monitors six categories of health-related behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death and disability among youth and adults, including:

  • Behaviors that contribute to unintentional injuries and violence
  • Sexual behaviors related to unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV infection
  • Alcohol and other drug use
  • Tobacco use
  • Unhealthy dietary behaviors
  • Inadequate physical activity

YRBSS also measures the prevalence of obesity and asthma and other health-related behaviors plus sexual identity and sex of sexual contacts at the national state, territorial, tribal, and local level.

2019 YRBS High School Questionnaire

Why is the YRBS Important for NYS Schools and Students? 
The CDC YRBSS FAQ page provides information to help learn about the surveillance system and its use

CDC Health and Academics-How the YRBS Provides Data to Improve Student Achievement-Why YRBS Data Matters to Schools
Data from the 2017 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) show that students with higher grades are less likely than their peers with lower grades to participate in certain risk behaviors. This data can show the need for funding, training, prevention programs, and raise awareness of health issues.  To view data, infographics, and resources showing these links in detail click here.

Video on the Value of the YRBS
This 2-minute video shares the value of the YRBS for you and your students. Celeste Jorge, an 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.

Page updated 3/8/20