ERIC Number: ED411483
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Nov-29
Reference Count: N/A
A Healthy Look at Idaho Youth: Results of the 1993 Idaho Youth Risk Behavior and 1992 School Health Education Surveys.
Gray, Donald Z.; Walton, Deborah A.; Bosh, Teresa; Roberts, Dawn; Marriott, Sally
Since many of the health problems experienced by young people are caused by preventable behaviors, such as alcohol abuse and unprotected sexual intercourse, it is important to know the extent of these behaviors among youth. The results of the 1993 Idaho Youth Risk Behavior Survey and 1992 Idaho School Health Education Survey are described in this report. It was written to stimulate discussions with educators, parents, and youth about ways to increase informed support for effective, school-based comprehensive health education programs. The Youth Risk Behavior Survey (4,032 students participating) presents statistics on the following health-related issues: unintentional and intentional injuries; tobacco, alcohol, and other drug use; sexual behaviors that result in HIV infection, other sexually transmitted diseases, and unintended pregnancy; dietary behaviors that cause health problems; physical inactivity. Results from the risk survey indicate that Idaho youth continue to engage in behaviors that put them at risk for significant mortality, morbidity, disability, and social problems extending from youth to adulthood. Effective school-based health education programs are needed to reduce risk-taking behaviors. Results from the School Health Education Survey indicate that while the infrastructure is in place, improvements will be needed in order to provide effective comprehensive health education to all students. Contains 58 references. (RJM)
Descriptors: Adolescent Behavior, Adolescents, Comprehensive School Health Education, Drinking, Drug Use, Eating Habits, Health Programs, High Risk Students, Physical Fitness, Pupil Personnel Services, Safety Education, Secondary Education, Sexuality, Smoking, State Surveys, Student Behavior, Suicide, Youth Problems
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Idaho State Dept. of Education, Boise.
Identifiers - Location: Idaho