Comprehensive Assessment System
Youth Risk Behavior Survey
The Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) is a paper and pencil survey of students in grades 9-12 who have parent permission. The YRBS collects important information about the health of Alaska adolescents, including health-risk behaviors that contribute to death, disability, and social problems. It is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Alaska Departments of Education and Early Development and Health and Social Services, and numerous community organizations.
YRBS will be administered March 6-10,2017.
Download a review copy of the 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey.
About the survey
The Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) is a paper and pencil survey of students in grades 9-12 from high schools randomly selected for the survey sample. This anonymous survey is administered every two years and does require parental permission. Parental permission was obtained during registration.
The purpose of the YRBS is to focus on behaviors among Alaskan youth causing the most important health problems, determine the prevalence of emerging health risks and assess how risk behaviors change over time. Results assist in prevention and intervention planning and evaluation.
This survey examines the following health risks:
- Unintentional injuries and violence
- Tobacco use
- Alcohol and other drug use
- Sexual behaviors
- Unhealthy dietary behaviors
- Inadequate physical activity
Student participation is completely anonymous. No personal identifying information is collected and the survey is administered in a way that protects student privacy.