Vermont Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS)

Every other year, since 1993, the Health Department and the Agency of Education sponsor the Vermont Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS).

The YRBS was developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 1990 to monitor priority health risk behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death, disease, injury and social problems among youth. These behaviors, often established during childhood and early adolescence, include:

  • Behaviors that contribute to unintentional injuries and violence
  • Physical activity
  • Nutrition
  • Weight status
  • Tobacco use
  • Alcohol and other drug use
  • Sexual behaviors

The survey is part of a larger effort to help communities increase the resiliency of young people by reducing high risk behaviors and promoting healthy behaviors. Vermont collects student responses every two years from nearly every high school and middle school in the state. 

State Reports 

The statewide report is based on two surveys: a high school survey of students in grades nine through 12, and a middle school survey of students in grades six through eight conducted in public and public/private schools across the state. All schools and students are invited to participate. Student responses from nearly every high school and middle school in the state are included in these reports. Responses are weighted to reflect all public school students in grades six through 12.

Current Report (2015)

Previous State Reports

From 1995 to 2009, students in grades eight through twelve took the Vermont Youth Risk Behavior Survey. Beginning in 2011, two surveys: a high school survey of students in grades nine through twelve, and a middle school survey of students in grades six through eight were conducted.  

Year State Report State Highlights
2013 State YRBS Report State YRBS Highlights
2011 State YRBS Report State YRBS Highlights
2009 State YRBS Report State YRBS Highlights
2007 State YRBS Report State YRBS Highlights
2005 State YRBS Report State YRBS Highlights
County Reports

Please note: Many factors influence children’s risk behaviors. Therefore, we urge caution when comparing one county to another.

County 2015 Survey 2013 Survey 2011 Survey
Addison  2015 Report 2013 Report 2011 Report
Bennington  2015 Report 2013 Report 2011 Report
Caledonia  2015 Report 2013 Report 2011 Report
Chittenden  2015 Report 2013 Report 2011 Report
Essex  2015 Report 2013 Report 2011 Report
Franklin  2015 Report 2013 Report 2011 Report
Grand Isle  2015 Report 2013 Report 2011 Report
Lamoille 2015 Report 2013 Report 2011 Report
Orange 2015 Report 2013 Report 2011 Report
Orleans 2015 Report 2013 Report 2011 Report
Rutland 2015 Report 2013 Report 2011 Report
Washington 2015 Report 2013 Report 2011 Report
Windham 2015 Report 2013 Report 2011 Report
Windsor 2015 Report 2013 Report 2011 Report

 

Supervisory Union/School District Reports – Most Recent Year (2015)

Please note: Many factors influence children’s risk behaviors. Therefore, we urge caution when comparing one Supervisory Union or School District to another.

Data Briefs

The Vermont Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) aims to measure the prevalence of behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death, disease, and injury among youth. Data Briefs provide detailed analyses of these risk behaviors along with analyses of other sub-populations of students. 

Other Data Analysis Tools and Resources
  • Explore Maps & Trends
  • CDC YRBS 
  • Youth Online - Youth Online lets you analyze national, state, and local Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) data from 1991 - 2015. Data from high school and middle school surveys are included. You can filter and sort on the basis of race/ethnicity, sex, grade, or site, create customized tables and graphs, and perform statistical tests by site and health topic. 
  • CDC YRBS datasets - CDC provides access to data sets for national, state, and urban school districts from select surveys in the United States. Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) data are available from CDC in two file formats: Access® and ASCII. The Access and ASCII data can be downloaded and used as is. SAS® and SPSS® programs are also provided to convert the ASCII data into SAS® and SPSS® datasets for use in those packages. For more information or to access national datasets, click here.