ERIC Number: ED434091
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Is This the Place...for Healthy Kids? Results of the 1997 Utah Youth Risk Behavior and 1996 School Health Education Profile Surveys.
This report describes results from the 1997 Utah Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) and the 1996 Utah School Health Education Profile (SHEP). The YRBS surveyed 9th-12th graders in a random sample of schools about their behaviors that risk their health. Results indicated that students still engage in behaviors that put them at risk for injury or death and that increase social problems that carry into adulthood. Too few still wear seatbelts, though the percentage is rising. No progress is evident regarding helmets. Rates of fighting and carrying weapons have decreased, though they are still too high. Suicide rates are above the national average. Overall, the use of tobacco, alcohol, and drugs has decreased. However, increasing numbers of Utah students are trying marijuana. Eighteen percent of students believe they have done something to put them at risk for HIV/AIDS. Nearly two-thirds of girls are attempting weight loss. The SHEP examined the status of health education in secondary schools (grades 6-12). Surveys of principals and teachers indicate that most schools require a health education course in at least one grade, most have separate required health education classes, many integrate health into other subjects, and most require health education for graduation. Most schools require HIV/AIDS education within health education and have written HIV/AIDS policies. In 45 percent of schools, health educators coordinate health education. Parents tend to approve of the health education. (Contains 43 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Utah State Office of Education, Salt Lake City.
Authoring Institution: Utah State Office of Education, Salt Lake City.
Identifiers - Location: Utah
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Youth Risk Behavior Survey