ERIC Number: ED381722
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Colorado Youth Risk Behavior Survey for Youth in Out-of-Home Placement.
Colorado State Dept. of Education, Denver. Prevention Initiatives Unit.
This report describes the results of a survey on out-of-school youth's health risk behaviors. The behaviors studied include unintentional and intentional injuries; tobacco use; alcohol, and other drug use; sexual behaviors; dietary behaviors that cause health problems; mental well being; and physical inactivity. Seventy-eight percent of all the eligible residential child care and youth services' facilities participated in this survey. Of the 1,259 respondents (age 12-18), 78 percent were male and 59 percent were over the age of 15. Results indicated that in the 30 days prior to coming to their facilities, over one third of respondents had carried a gun, 60 percent had ingested at least five drinks on at least one occasion, 20 percent had used cocaine, and nearly half had consistently smoked cigarettes. Over 80 percent of the youth had engaged in vaginal intercourse, with over half indicating having had sexual intercourse before the age of 13. Sixty percent of the males and seventy percent of the females reported having had unprotected sex during their last sexual encounter. Nearly 40 percent of females and 10 percent of males admitted to having been sexually abused. Six appendices give information on participating facilities, survey methodology, a copy of the survey, and suggestions for survey revisions. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Colorado State Dept. of Education, Denver. Prevention Initiatives Unit.
Identifiers: Colorado; Out of Home Care; Youth Risk Behavior Survey; Youth Services Systems; Youth Studies