2013 Youth Risk Behavior Survey

2013 YRBS Report


Every other year, since 1993, the Department of Health Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs and the Department of Education Student Health and Learning Team sponsor the Vermont Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS).

The YRBS measures the prevalence of behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death, disease, and injury among youth. 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.

The statewide report is based on student responses from almost every high school and middle school in the state, and is weighted to reflect all public school students in six through twelfth grades. The reports by local education agency are the results for students who took the survey in each participating supervisory union, school district, or public/private institution. The reports by county are results based on students’ counties of residence.

Survey Changes in 2013

Prior to 2013, statewide estimates were generated by weighting responses from a representative sample of schools. In 2013, the methodology was changed, and all student responses were used in creating statewide estimates, allowing for more accurate reporting.

In the 2013 report, 2011 data were recalculated in the same way in order to improve comparisons. As a result, the 2011 estimates in the 2013 report are slightly different compared to those in the 2011 report.

Please also note that in 2011, the Vermont YRBS moved from being one survey of youth in grades 8 through 12 to two surveys – one among 6 through 8th graders and one among youth in grades 9 through 12.  Two surveys were again conducted in 2013.  All results in the 2013 and 2011 high school survey reports are for grades nine through twelve only. Results from earlier surveys that appear in the 2011 and 2013 high school reports will be different from those published previously.

The 2011 and 2013 reports are available online only.

See all YRBS reports.

2013 Statewide Report

2013 Local Reports

2013 Data Briefs

2013 Questionnaires

For information about the reports, contact:

Kristen Murray, PhD

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