ERIC Number: ED394113
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
Ohio Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 1993: When, Why, and What Was Discovered.
Ohio State Dept. of Health, Columbus.; Ohio State Dept. of Education, Columbus.; Ohio State Dept. of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services, Columbus.
This report summarizes the survey answers Ohio high school students (N=2,314) reported about alcohol, tobacco, and other health risk behaviors. The survey contains questions relating to: (1) behaviors that result in intentional and non-intentional injuries; (2) tobacco use; (3) alcohol and other drug use; (4) sexual behaviors that result in HIV infection, other sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs), and unintended pregnancies; (5) dietary behaviors; and (6) physical activity. The conclusion was drawn that Ohio students' overall behaviors are relatively healthy. Some key findings showed that most Ohio students did not carry a weapon in the past 30 days, and during the past year most had not considered attempting suicide. Awareness of the risks of AIDS/HIV was high; and most students did not use drugs. About half reported healthy eating habits, eating fruit and vegetables and avoiding fatty meats, and more than half maintained a healthy level of physical activity. Key areas for needed improvement include, but are not limited to: alcohol use, physical violence, cigarette smoking, and vehicle safety. Drinking at least one drink of alcohol was reported among 80% of respondents; 44% had been involved in a physical fight in the past year; and 69% had tried smoking tobacco. Twenty-eight percent of surveyed students rarely or never wore a seat belt while riding in a car driven by someone else. Only 1% always wore bicycle helmets when on a bike. Contains 40 references, a copy of the survey instrument, and a response form. (TS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (DHHS/PHS), Atlanta, GA.; Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Washington, DC. School Improvement Programs.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Dept. of Health, Columbus.; Ohio State Dept. of Education, Columbus.; Ohio State Dept. of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services, Columbus.