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Middle School Health Behavior Survey (MSHBS)

Florida Youth Survey Coordinator

The Middle School Health Behavior Survey (MSHBS) is a statewide, school-based confidential survey of Florida's public middle school students.  The purpose of the MSHBS is to monitor priority health-risk behaviors that contribute substantially to the leading causes of death, disability, and social problems among youth, which contribute to patterns in adulthood.

The first MSHBS was administered in 2009. The MSHBS expands on the Youth Physical Activity and Nutrition Survey (YPANS), a statewide, school-based confidential survey of Florida's public middle school students administered in 2003, 2005 and 2007. YPANS was supported by the Obesity Prevention Program in the Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. State data collection for the YRBS does not include county-level data.

The MSHBS is part of the Florida Youth Survey (FYS), which includes the Florida Youth Tobacco Survey (FYTS), the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), and the Florida Youth Substance Abuse Survey (FYSAS). The Florida Youth Survey Effort is an inter-agency collaboration of the Florida Department of Education, Children and Families, Health and Juvenile Justice.

  • Survey Guidelines
  • Questionnaires
  • MSHBS Reports
  • Data Request

Topics on the MSHBS

The following topics are asked in this survey: 1) Demographic information (age, gender, grade, race/ethnicity, weight, height); 2) Unintentional injuries and violence; 3) Tobacco use; 4) Alcohol and other drug use; 5) Dietary behaviors; and 6) Physical Activity

Sampling Methods

The MSHBS is based on a two-stage cluster probability sample design. First, a random sample of public middle schools is selected for participation in the survey. Second, within each selected school, a random sample of classrooms is selected, and all students in those classes are invited to participate in the survey. The responses of the survey participants are weighted to be representative of all Florida public middle school students.

Target Population

Florida public middle school students (6-8 grade levels)

Data Analysis

Since the MSHBS is based on a two-stage cluster probability sampling methodology rather than a simple random sample, SUDAAN or advanced components of SAS or other statistical programs are recommended for the data analysis. Confidence interval is an important measure of statistical significance and very useful when making comparison between data.

Youth Online Analysis Tool

2015 Reports

2015 Summary Tables

2013 Reports

Topic-Specific Fact Sheets

Alcohol and Other Drug Use                       Dietary Behavior

Unintentional Injuries                                  Physical Activity

Violence                                                      Weight Management

Related Documents

2013 Summary Tables

2011 Reports

Topic-Specific Fact Sheets

Dietary Behavior                                           Substance Use

Mental Health                                                Violence

Physical Activity                                            School Safety

2009 Reports

Topic-Specific Fact Sheets

Dietary Behavior                                           Substance Use

Mental Health                                                Violence

Physical Activity                                             Weight Management

School Safety

Data Analysis Report

If you want our statisticians to conduct data analysis for you and provide you with the results or if you would like data sets to conduct your own analysis, please send the data request form to (email is best):

Florida Youth Survey Coordinator

Public Health Research

Division of Community Health Promotion

Florida Department of Health

4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin A-24

Tallahassee, FL 32399-1708

Email: FloridaYouthSurvey@flhealth.gov

Telephone: (850) 558 - 9617

Fax: (850) 245 - 4298

Data Sharing Agreement Form

All requests will be processed in a timely manner on a first-come, first-serve basis. Data sets are available in SAS, SPSS, or Excel format.

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