Nebraska Risk and Protective Factor Student Survey (NRPFSS)


What survey is this?

The NRPFSS is a substance abuse-related survey of Nebraska students in grades 8, 10, and 12. The Nebraska survey was adapted from nationally validated surveys including Monitoring the Future, Communities that Care, and others.


Why participate?

At this time, the NRPFSS is the only school-based public health survey that generates local and regional estimates for health planning and evaluation. In addition, it provides state estimates for substance abuse not available through other surveys.


What topics does it cover?

The NRPFSS collects information related to:

  • alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drug use
  • delinquent behaviors
  • bullying
  • risk and protective measures that predispose youth toward or protect them against problem behaviors (including substance abuse, delinquency, teen pregnancy, school dropout, and violence)

Who is eligible to participate?

 Nebraska public and non-public students in grades 8, 10, and 12.


When is it conducted?

Beginning in 2003, it was administered in the fall of odd calendar years. Since it is now under the umbrella of SHARP, it is conducted in the fall of even calendar years (beginning in the fall of 2010).


How are the data collected?

NRPFSS is a census survey. All Nebraska schools, public and private, with grades 8, 10, and/or 12 are eligible and can choose to participate. In participating schools, all students in eligible grades are asked to complete the survey.


Who conducts the survey?

This survey is coordinated by the Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (NDHHS). Beginning in the fall of 2010, the Bureau of Sociological Research (BOSR) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln now manages the collection and analysis of the data.


How is this survey unique?

It is available to all public and non-public schools with grades 8, 10, and/or 12. It is used primarily for generating local and regional estimates for substance abuse and risk and protective measures related to substance abuse and problem behaviors. The NRPFSS is the ONLY survey that allows the opportunity for schools to receive a school-specific, school district, and/or community report. In addition, it generates state level estimates for substance abuse measures not captured in the YRBS.