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State of Alaska

Alaska Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS)

Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Public Health, Section of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, YRBS Program
The Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) is part of an epidemiological surveillance system that was established in 1990 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The purpose of the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) is to help monitor the prevalence of behaviors that put Alaskan youth at risk for the most significant health and social problems that can occur during adolescence and adulthood, in order to assist in prevention and intervention planning and evaluation. The YRBS survey is a school-based survey of high school students administered in cooperation with the Department of Education and Early Development. This anonymous survey examines a minimum of six categories of adolescent behavior:

behaviors that result in unintentional and intentional injuriestobacco use
alcohol and other drug usesexual behaviors that can result in HIV infection, other sexually transmitted diseases (STD's) and unintended pregnancies
dietary behaviorsphysical activity
paper and pencil survey
Research and planning by various state, local and private organizations.
High school students in 9th through 12th grade
Data are available in "bridged" race categories.
Randomly statified random sample of Alaska traditional high school students in statewide sample and simple random sample (either census or randomly selected classrooms) in the local sample.
Demographic (age, sex, race, grade), regional (school district to state), academic achievement, and risk/protective factors.
State and sub-state (e.g., school district, Public Health Regions, boroughs/census areas, tribal health organization regions, behavioral health assessment reporting regions, metropolitan/micropolitan statistical areas). Analysis by ad hoc groupings is also possible dependent upon sample sizes.
Odd-numbered years since 1995 (except 1997 - no survey attempted, 1999 - lacked Anchorage School District, 2001 - did not obtain presentative sample, and 2005 - did not obtain representative sample for statewide survey). Samples of local school district available since 2003.
Multistage, stratified random sample for statewide surveys. Simple random samples (either census or random sampling) for local surveys.
Voluntary student participation after active parental permission.
In some cases, when responses are stratified by categories of interest, the denominator in one or more subgroups drops below 100, producing an unreliable result or potential breech of confidentiality that is suppressed. For this reason, data from multiple years may be aggregated and reported as a multi-year annual average. This strategy reduces the impact of variations in the data between years and improves the precision of the prevalence estimates.
Current, local health indicators
In some cases, when responses are stratified by categories of interest, the denominator in one or more subgroups drops below 100, producing an unreliable result or potential breech of confidentiality. For this reason, data from multiple years may be aggregated and reported as a multi-year annual average. This strategy reduces the impact of variations in the data between years and improves the precision of the prevalence estimates.
For data requests that cannot be satisfied through the available links or to learn how to obtain copies of the YRBS data files, contact the YRBS Coordinator,Kate Oliver at Kathleen.Oliver@alaska.gov or call (907) 269-8945.
Tazlina Mannix
YRBS Coordinator
(907) 269-8107
Tazlina.Mannix@alaska.gov
YRBS Program
Section of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Division of Public Health,
Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
3601 C St., STE 722
Anchorage, Alaska 99503

The information provided above is from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services' Center for Health Data and Statistics, Alaska Indicator-Based Information System for Public Health (Ak-IBIS) web site (http://ibis.dhss.alaska.gov). The information published on this website may be reproduced without permission. Please use the following citation: " Retrieved Mon, 23 July 2018 from Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Center for Health Data and Statistics, Alaska Indicator-Based Information System for Public Health web site: http://ibis.dhss.alaska.gov ".

Content updated: Wed, 5 Jul 2017 15:14:08 AKDT
The information provided above is from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services' Center for Health Data and Statistics AK-IBIS web site (http://ibis.dhss.alaska.gov/). The information published on this website may be reproduced without permission. Please use the following citation: " Retrieved Mon, 23 July 2018 5:19:20 from Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Center for Health Data and Statistics, Indicator-Based Information System for Public Health Web site: http://ibis.dhss.alaska.gov/ ".

Content updated: Wed, 5 Jul 2017 15:14:08 AKDT