What survey is this?
The YRBS is a health behavior-related survey of Nebraska high school students. It is part of the National Youth Risk Behavioral Surveillance System, created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
At this time, the YRBS is the only representative statewide survey of Nebraska youth that covers a variety of important health topics in one survey. It provides information to help communities plan effective health prevention strategies for school-aged youth. In addition, the national coordination of the survey allows for Nebraska to compare its survey results to results from other states and the nation as a whole.
What topics does it cover?
The YRBS is designed to identify and monitor priority health-risk behaviors that are established during youth and result in significant death, disease, disability, and social problems during both youth and adulthood. Survey topics include: tobacco use; nutrition; physical activity; alcohol and drug use; sexual activity; and behaviors that contribute to unintentional injuries and violence.
Who is eligible to participate?
This surveillance system targets youth enrolled in public high schools in Nebraska. Schools are selected through a three-stage cluster sampling design.
When is it conducted?
Nebraska began conducting the YRBS in 1991. The survey has been administered in the spring of every odd calendar year since. The 2009 administration marked the 10th time that the survey was done in the state. The YRBS is now under the umbrella of SHARP and was administered for the first time in this joint project in the fall of 2010.
How are the data collected?
This is a sample survey. Nebraska public high schools are randomly selected to participate, and within selected schools, specific classrooms are randomly selected. The survey administration procedures have been designed to protect the confidentiality of the student and the school district and to encourage honest responses from the students.
Who conducts the survey?
This survey is done in partnership between the Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (NDHHS). The Bureau of Sociological Research (BOSR) of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Department of Sociology was selected as the contractor for SHARP and began administering this survey in the fall of 2010.
How is this survey unique?
The YRBS is the only survey in Nebraska that provides state level estimates for high school students across a variety of important health areas, making it extremely important to the public health work in the state. These data are used to monitor and evaluate priority health-risk behaviors and prevention efforts among high school students in Nebraska and the nation.