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Middle School Health Behavior Survey (MSHBS)

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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.

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 Departments of Education, Children and Families, Health, Juvenile Justice.

  • SURVEY GUIDELINES
  • MSHBS 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.

2011 Reports

 Topic-Specific Fact Sheets

2009 Reports

 Topic-Specific Fact Sheets

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
Bureau of Epidemiology
Division of Disease Control and Health Protection
Florida Department of Health
4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin A-12
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1720
Telephone: (850) 245-4444 ext. 2424
Fax: (850) 922-9299

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 MSHBS 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 conduct 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