YRBS SAMPLE AND WEIGHTING INFORMATION

What is the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS)?

To monitor priority health-risk behaviors among youth and young adults in each of six health risk categories, CDC developed the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) (4). YRBSS includes national, state, and local school-based surveys of students in grades 9-12. National surveys were conducted biennially since 1991. Comparable state and local surveys also were conducted.

The Steps Youth Survey, modeled on the YRBS survey, and based on a larger sample of persons that is usually drawn from a single county, is conducted in every other year of the Steps program by a professional survey organization. A standardized self-administered questionnaire is used to collect data.

In spring 2005, 1057 students in 13 public high schools were surveyed in Chautauqua County. The school response rate was 72%, the student response rate was 78%, and the overall rate was 56%.

Weighting YRBS data

Because of the response rate, data could not be weighted. As a result, the results are representative of only those students who completed the questionnaire.

Additional information on technical and other questions is available on the YRBS Website. YRBS Website.

 


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