The Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) was developed in 1990 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to monitor priority health risk behaviors that contribute markedly to the leading causes of death, disability and social problems among youth and adults in the United States. The YRBS was designed to monitor trends, compare state health risk behaviors to national health risk behaviors and intended for use to plan, evaluate and improve school and community programs. Wyoming began participating in the YRBS survey in 1995. Wyoming students in grades, 6-8 & 9-12 are surveyed in the spring of odd years. The survey is voluntary and completely anonymous.
The YRBS monitors risk behaviors that are often established during childhood and early adolescence and result in unintentional and intentional injuries. The risk categories monitored through the survey include: Tobacco Use, Unhealthy Dietary Behaviors, Physical Inactivity, Alcohol & Other Drug Use, Sexual Behavior/STD’s/HIV/AIDS/Unintended Pregnancies and Violence/Injury. National YRBS Results