ERIC Number: ED361622
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Washington State Survey of Adolescent Health Behaviors.
Washington State Dept. of Social and Health Services, Olympia.; Washington Office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Olympia.
The 1992 Washington State Survey of Adolescent Health Behaviors (WSSAHB) was created to collect information regarding a variety of adolescent health behaviors among students in the state of Washington. It expands on two previous administrations of a student tobacco, alcohol, and other drug survey and includes questions about medical care, safety, diet and weight, physical activity and exercise, human immunodeficiency virus and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), sexual behavior, and suicide. This report presents the results of the 1992 administration of the WSSAHB. It is intended for use by educators and program designers to help focus the development of effective school- and community-based comprehensive health education programs. The results presented are based on responses from over 15,463 public school students in grades 6, 8, 10, and 12. Findings confirmed that a serious problem still exists with substance use among public school students in Washington. It is noted that the problem is not confined to urban centers, minority students, high school students, nor to any other specific group. Other findings are reported that show actual use of alcohol decreasing for 8th, 10th, and 12th grade students, but not for 6th graders; and continued increase in use of smoking and chewing tobacco by 10th graders. Findings from the survey questions dealing with adolescent health behaviors suggest a need for statewide efforts to address a variety of student needs. (NB)
Descriptors: Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, Drinking, Drug Use, Grade 6, Health Behavior, Intermediate Grades, Medical Services, Nutrition, Physical Activity Level, Public Schools, Safety, Secondary Education, Secondary School Students, Sexuality, Smoking, Student Attitudes, Student Behavior, Substance Abuse, Suicide, Trend Analysis
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR.
Authoring Institution: Washington State Dept. of Social and Health Services, Olympia.; Washington Office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Olympia.
Identifiers - Location: Washington