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Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS)

Florida Youth Survey Coordinator

The Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) is a statewide, school-based confidential survey of Florida’s public high school students.  The purpose of the YRBS 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 Florida YRBS was administered in 1991.  Since 2001, the YRBS has been jointly administered in odd-numbered years by the Florida Departments of Health and Education.  State data collection for the YRBS does not include county-level data. However, six Florida counties (Broward, Duval, Hillsborough, Miami-Dade, Orange, and Palm Beach) are or have been funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to collect county-level data. National, state, and county-level data (where available) can be found on the CDC's YRBS website (YRBSS - Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System - DASH/HealthyYouth).

In 2001, the YRBS became part of the Florida Youth Survey (FYS), which includes the Florida Youth Tobacco Survey (FYTS), the Middle School Health Behavior Survey (MSHBS), and the Florida Youth Substance Abuse Survey (FYSAS). The YRBS has been supported by many agencies, including the Florida Departments of Education, Children and Families, and Juvenile Justice, school districts throughout the state, and the Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) at the CDC.

  • Survey Guidelines

Topics on the YRBS

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) Sexual behaviors; 6) Dietary behaviors; and 7) Physical Activity.

Sampling Methods

The YRBS is based on a two-stage cluster probability sample design. First, a random sample of public high 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 high school students.

Target Population

Florida public high school students (9-12 grade levels)

Data Analysis

Since the YRBS 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.

  • Questionnaires
  • Reports
  • Data Request

2015 Reports

Florida YRBS Database

CDC Summary Reports

CDC Summary Tables

Infographics

Healthy Weight Infographic

Unintentional Injury and Violence Infographic

Behavioral Health Infographic

2013 Reports

Topic-Specific Fact Sheets

Violence                                                         Weight Management

School Safety                                                 Dietary Behaviors

Suicide                                                           Physical Activity

Sexual Behavior                                             Drug and Alcohol Use

CDC Summary Reports

CDC Summary Tables

Special Reports:
Academic Success and Health Risk Behaviors
Understanding Teen Dating Violence

2011 Reports

Topic Specific Fact Sheets

Violence                                                       Weight Management

School Safety                                               Dietary Behaviors

Suicide                                                         Physical Activity

Sexual Behavior                                           Drug and Alcohol Use

Comprehensive Report
Florida YRBS: Changes and Trends from 2001-2011

CDC Summary Report

CDC Summary Tables

Special Reports:
Bullying and Related Risks
Weight Status, Self-Perception, and Management Activity

2009 Reports

Topic Specific Reports

Violence                                                     Weight Management

School Safety                                             Dietary Behaviors

Suicide                                                       Physical Activity

Sexual Behavior                                         Alcohol Use

CDC Summary Reports

CDC Summary Tables

Special Reports

None

2007 Reports

Comprehensive Report

2007 Florida YRBS: Changes and Trends from 2001 to 2007

Topic-Specific Fact Sheets

Violence                                                      Weight Management

School Safety                                              Dietary Behaviors

Suicide                                                        Physical Activity

Sexual Behavior                                          Alcohol Use

CDC Summary Reports

2007 Survey Summary                               2007 Detail Tables

2007 Summary Tables                                2007 Demographic Tables

Special Reports

None

Data Analysis Report

If you want our statisticians to conduct analysis for you and provide you with the results, please send your request to:

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

Telephone: (850) 558 - 9617

Fax: (850) 245 - 4298

In your request, please explain precisely which question(s) or variable(s) are of interest and how to analyze the data (e.g. data year, age or racial/ethnic group, region, etc.). All requests will be processed in a timely manner on a first-come, first-serve basis. Once your study is finished, please provide a courtesy copy of any articles and/or reports to the Department of Health, Bureau of Epidemiology based on the YRBS data provided from the request.

Please note: Florida has a very broad public records law. Most written communications to or from state officials regarding state business are public records available to the public and media upon request. Your e-mail communications may therefore be subject to public disclosure.

Dataset Request

If you would like to condust data analysis, datasets are available in SAS, SPSS, or Excel format. To submit a data request, please fill out the data sharing agreement form located at the link below and fax to 850-922-9299, to the attention of the Chronic Disease Section Administrator.

Data Sharing Agreement Form