Youth Engagement in Fitness and Physical Activities - YRBS

The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Systems measures six categories of priority health-risk behaviors among youth: 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, including HIV infection; unhealthy dietary behaviors; and physical inactivity, plus obesity and asthma.

Forty-eight states, six U.S. territories, two tribal governments, and 22 of the largest urban school districts in the U.S. — through a cooperative agreement with the Division of Adolescent and School Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at CDC — administer a Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) to scientific samples of high school student in the spring or fall of odd-numbered years. Some of these sites also administer the YRBS to middle school students to assess problems, how risk behaviors change over time, and to provide comparable data.


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Nancy D Brener, Laura Kann, Tim McManus, Steven A Kinchen, Elizabeth C Sundberg, James G Ross et al. (2001) Reliability of the 1999 Youth Risk Behavior Survey Questionnaire. Journal of Adolescent Health, Volume 31, Issue 4 , Pages 336-342.
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