ERIC Number: ED434898
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Oct-29
Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance--National Alternative High School Risk Behavior Survey, United States, 1998.
Grunbaum, Jo Anne; Kann, Laura; Kinchen, Steven A.; Ross, James G.; Gowda, Vani R.; Collins, Janet L.; Kolbe, Lloyd J.
MMWR/Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, v48 n55-7 Oct 29 1999
The Alternative High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey (ALT-YRBS) is one component of the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS), which monitors six categories of health risk behaviors among youth and young adults. The 1998 ALT-YRBS measured priority health risk behaviors among students at alternative high schools. It used a three-stage cluster sample design to produce a nationally representative sample of students in grades 9-12 who attended alternative high schools. Results indicated that many alternative high school students engaged in behaviors that increased their likelihood of death from motor vehicle crashes, other unintentional injuries, homicide, and suicide. Comparing ALT-YRBS results with 1997 national YRBSS results demonstrates that the prevalence of most risk behaviors is higher among students attending alternative high schools than among students attending regular high schools. Some risk behaviors are more common among certain sex and racial/ethnic subgroups of students. (Contains 18 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, Alcohol Abuse, Behavior Problems, Dietetics, Drug Abuse, Eating Habits, Health Behavior, High Risk Students, High School Students, Homicide, Injuries, Nontraditional Education, Physical Activity Level, Pregnancy, Secondary Education, Sexuality, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Smoking, Student Behavior, Suicide, Tables (Data), Violence
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Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (DHHS/PHS), Atlanta, GA.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Youth Risk Behavior Survey