ERIC Number: ED406626
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
A Healthy Look at Idaho Youth: Results of the 1995 Idaho Youth Risk Behavior Survey.
Idaho State Dept. of Health and Welfare, Boise.
The results of one state's youth risk behavior survey are described here. The survey was administered to 2,726 students in grades 9 through 12 in 26 public schools. The school response rate was 65% and the student response rate was 87%. Results indicate that by the time youth enter the 9th grade, many have engaged in behaviors that put them at risk for significant health and social problems during both their youth and adulthood. These behaviors and their consequences can be prevented by teaching youth how to adopt and maintain healthy behaviors. Risks are grouped under such topics as Unintentional and Intentional Injuries; Tobacco, Alcohol and Other Drug Use; Sexual Behaviors; Dietary Behaviors; and Physical Activity. It was found that different types of risky behaviors correlate strongly: youth who engage in one type of risky behavior are more likely to engage in others. It is believed that such risks can be prevented by teaching young people how to adopt and maintain healthy behaviors. Schools can reinforce desired behaviors learned in the home and provide repeated opportunities for children to practice healthy behaviors in a broader social context. Statistical breakdowns for the 84 survey questions are provided. A Healthy Schools Checklist is appended. (RJM)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Idaho State Dept. of Education, Boise.
Authoring Institution: Idaho State Dept. of Health and Welfare, Boise.
Identifiers - Location: Idaho
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Youth Risk Behavior Survey