Data results of the 2013 State NH Youth Risk Behavior Survey have been approved for release. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention's Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) results were collected from 1,634 students in 71 of the randomly selected public high schools in New Hampshire during the spring of 2013. Every two years randomly selected classes of students complete a self-administered, anonymous questionnaire. Survey procedures were designed to protect the privacy of students by allowing for anonymous and voluntary participation. Local parental permission procedures were followed before survey administration.
The 2013 NH State Youth Risk Behavior Survey achieved the CDC’s weighted status, so the results of the survey can be generalized to all students in grades 9-12 in NH public high schools. NH is now able to look at trends in the data from 1993, 1995, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, and 2013 by reviewing the trend documents. The trend data, the survey questions, and the 2013 NH YRBS responses in graphic and table formats are available on the NH Department of Education’s Web site at www.education.nh.gov/instruction/school_health/hiv_data.htm. The CDC is expected to make comparison documents of the NH YRBS results and the YRBS results from other states available in June or July 2014.
Additionally, many high schools participated in a voluntary population survey administration which used the 2013 YRBS questions to collect data from the majority of the students in their individual schools. Over 38,000 high school students participated in the 2013 Community YRBS surveys. The administration of these community school surveys was accomplished through an interagency agreement between the NH Department of Health and Human Services (NH DHHS) and the NH Department of Education. NH DHHS will produce community data documents for the community surveys by January 2014.
The YRBS is one component of the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The YRBS is administered every other year. This system was designed to focus the nation on behaviors among youth related to the leading causes of mortality and morbidity among both youth and adults and to assess how these risk behaviors change over time. The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System measures behaviors that fall into six categories: (1) behaviors that result in unintentional and intentional injuries; (2) tobacco use; (3) alcohol and other drug use; (4) sexual behaviors that result in HIV infection, other sexually-transmitted diseases, and unintended pregnancies; (5) dietary behaviors; and (6) physical activity.
More information about the NH State YRBS may be obtained from Irene Koffink, New Hampshire Department of Education, phone: (603) 271-3865, e-mail: Irene.Koffink@doe.nh.gov or from the NH Department of Education’s Web site at www.education.nh.gov/instruction/school_health/hiv_data.htm.
For information about the NH DHHS community reports, please contact Jeffrey L. Metzger, Ph.D, M.Ed., Senior Management Analyst, SPF Epidemiologist /Evaluator, Bureau of Preventive Services, Division of Public Health Services, Department of Health and Human Services, 29 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH, phone: (603) 271-6740, e-mail: Jeffrey.L.Metzger@dhhs.state.nh.us.