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Youth Risk Behavior Survey

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (Department) - in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) - conducts the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) in randomly selected public high schools in every odd-numbered year. The Massachusetts YRBS (MYRBS) focuses on the major risk behaviors that threaten the health and safety of young people. This anonymous survey includes questions about tobacco use, alcohol and other drug use, sexual behaviors that might lead to unintended pregnancy or sexually transmitted disease, dietary behaviors, physical activity, and behaviors associated with intentional or unintentional injuries. Since 2007, the MYRBS has been conducted jointly with the Massachusetts Youth Health Survey (MYHS) developed by DPH.

About MYRBS Data

Data from the MYRBS provide accurate estimates of the prevalence of risk behaviors among public high school students in the Commonwealth, and are used to determine statewide changes in the prevalence of these behaviors over time. The data are important for planning health education and risk prevention programs. Additionally, the results of the MYRBS contribute to a national database of adolescent risk behaviors. Through careful examination of the MYRBS results, state and local agencies can use the data to set priorities for improving the health of students across the Commonwealth.

Results for individual schools, districts, towns, or regions are not possible from the statewide MYRBS, as survey methodology is designed to give state level estimates only. However, many schools and districts choose to conduct or participate in local surveys to gather data about the risk behaviors of their own students. While often confused with the MYRBS; these surveys are not administered, monitored or tracked by the Department. Any reports or data tables that include results by school or district are not published by the Department and do not represent data from the MYRBS.

Contact:

Chiniqua Milligan, MPH
School Health Analyst
Office of Student and Family Support
(781) 338-6307
cmilligan@doe.mass.edu

Massachusetts Statewide YRBS Reports, Questionnaires and Fact Sheets:

Download PDF Document  Download MS WORD Document
2015 Executive Summary and Data Tables
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2015 YRBS Questionnaire
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2015 State Administered Youth Risk Behavior Survey Fact Sheet
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2013 Health and Risk Behaviors of Massachusetts Youth
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2013 Youth Risk Behavior Survey Questionnaire

Data Access

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has created an online application, Youth Online, by which individuals can analyze national, state, and local Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) data from all years YRBS has been administered. Data from high school and middle school surveys are included (Massachusetts does not conduct a YRBS in middle schools). Individuals can filter and sort on the basis of race/ethnicity, sex, grade, or site; create customized tables and graphs; and perform statistical tests by site and health topic. CDC does not include results of any questions that were added or modified for the state survey.

For individual researchers and organizations who wish to access additional MYRBS data, please read and complete the data use agreement form found below. The agreement outlines the terms and conditions for Department data sharing and must be filled out completely and returned to the Department. The returned agreement will serve as the official data request.

Download MS WORD Document
Data Use Agreement Form

Detailed tables showing group differences by gender, grade level, and ethnicity and showing trends for major variables are available on request.

Related Resources:

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CDC's Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS)
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CDC's A Guide to Conducting Your Own Youth Risk Behavior Survey
View External Link
Massachusetts Youth Health Survey (MYHS)


Last Updated: June 20, 2017
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