ERIC Number: ED401006
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Middle School Risk Behavior 1995 Survey Results.
North Carolina State Dept. of Public Instruction, Raleigh. Div. of Accountability Services/Research.
The Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) Middle School Questionnaire, produced by the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, was administered for the first time in North Carolina in 1995. The survey monitored high-priority health-risk behaviors, including: (1) weapons and violence; (2) suicide-related behaviors; (3) vehicle safety; (4) tobacco, alcohol, and other drug use; and (5) nutrition and physical exercise. A total of 2,227 students from 53 public schools were surveyed. Results within the personal safety category showed that weapon use is predominantly a male activity, with 20 percent carrying weapons to school and 10 percent reporting having been threatened with or injured by weapons at school. Over 25 percent of students had considered suicide and 10 percent had attempted suicide. Forty percent had ridden with someone who had been drinking alcohol, with the percentage increasing by grade. The majority did not wear helmets while riding bicycles. Concerning drug use, findings showed that 53 percent had smoked cigarettes. High smoking rates were found among minorities, males, and older students. Over half had drunk alcohol and 17 percent had used marijuana, with the percentage increasing by grade. Results concerning personal health revealed that about 25 percent consider themselves overweight but 40 percent are dieting, most of whom are females. Over 80 percent reported exercising or playing sports in the previous week in addition to attending physical education classes. Almost 80 percent reported AIDS education at school; 60 percent had discussed AIDS or HIV with parents or other family adults. (Contains 25 references.) (KDFB)
Descriptors: Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, Adolescent Attitudes, Athletics, Bicycling, Dietetics, Drinking, Drug Use, Early Adolescents, Exercise, Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools, Middle School Students, Middle Schools, Motor Vehicles, Nutrition, Physical Fitness, Restraints (Vehicle Safety), Risk, Safety, School Safety, Sexuality, Smoking, State Surveys, Suicide, Surveys, Tobacco, Violence, Weapons
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Carolina State Dept. of Public Instruction, Raleigh. Div. of Accountability Services/Research.
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Youth Risk Behavior Survey