The Office of Student Health and Wellness administers the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) on a biannual basis on odd numbered years. This survey, conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), monitors six types of health-risk behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death and disability among youth and adults (CDC, 2014). Those health-risk behaviors include:
- Behaviors that contribute to unintentional injuries and violence
- Sexual risk behaviors that contribute to sexually transmitted diseases and unintended pregnancy
- Tobacco use
- Alcohol and other drug use
- Unhealthy dietary behaviors
- Inadequate physical activity
YRBS is a national survey conducted on the state, local, territorial, tribal, and district level. For the 2017 survey, a sample of Chicago Public Schools was taken which included 37 high schools and 1,883 participating students.
For the 2013 survey, a sample of Chicago Public Schools was taken which included 29 high schools and 32 middle schools, with 1,596 high school students and 1,228 middle school students participating.
Nationally, the results of this survey are used to measure progress towards achieving the objectives of Healthy People 2020, an initiative of the Department of Health and Human Services. In addition, community based organizations, Universities, hospital systems, and other national, state and local entities use YRBS data to inform their programming and to apply for funding to address these important issues. Locally in Chicago, YRBS is used to assess the trends of health-risk behaviors among high school and middle school students in CPS and to evaluate the policies, initiatives, and practices of CPS.
Chicago Public Schools has been conducting YRBS since 1991. Here you will find results from the 2017 survey of high school students and the 2013 surveys of high school and middle school students. The data is provided in the following formats:
Detailed Tables: describe results for every response option for every question. Responses are organized by age, grade, race/ethnicity, and sex.
Summary Tables: describe results for every variable. There is one summary table for every variable.
10-year Trend Analysis Report: describes whether the prevalence of each behavior has increased, decreased, or stayed the same between 2007 and 2017 overall and by sex, and race/ethnicity.
Sexual Identity Report: compares the prevalence of risk behaviors for students who report being heterosexual with students who report being gay, lesbian, or bisexual.
Academic Achievement: compares the prevalence of risk behaviors for students by type of grades mostly earned in school (e.g. A's, B's, C's, D's/F's).