Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS)

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 and it was administered in the spring of every odd calendar year. The YRBS is now under the umbrella of SHARP and is administered during the the fall of even calendar years (beginning in 2010). The 2014 administration marked the 14th time that the survey was done in the state.

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 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) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln 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.