Background Information on the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS)

Preventable health risk behaviors are often established during adolescence and continue into adulthood. Helping adolescents make healthy choices require the involvement of families, communities, and many other sectors of society—schools are an essential part of that effort. Just as schools are critical to preparing students academically and socially, they are also vital partners in helping young people take responsibility for their health and adopt health-enhancing attitudes and behaviors that can last a lifetime.

The New York State Department of Education receives funding from CDC’s Division of Adolescent and School Health to:

  • Conduct the Youth Risk Behavior Survey.
  • Implement effective policies, programs, and practices to avoid, prevent, and reduce sexual risk behaviors among students that contribute to HIV infection, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and pregnancy.
  • Promote coordinated school health policies, programs, and practices with an emphasis on physical activity, nutrition, and tobacco use prevention.

The New York Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) is part of a national survey effort funded by the CDC to monitor students' health risks and behaviors in 6 categories, including weight and diet, physical activity, injury and violence, tobacco use, alcohol and other drug use, and sexual behaviors. The YRBS is conducted every 2 years among a representative group of NY students in grades 9–12. Data from individual students and schools is confidential. The CDC analyzes the data and provides aggregated results to each participating state.

Watch a short CDC video which explains how the information collected from YRBS can be used to help students make healthy choices to become healthy adults here.

To view results/analysis of YRBS data from past surveys, participation maps, survey questionnaires, and frequently asked questions click here.

Updated  6/5/19