The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) is pleased to announce the release of the 2009 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance MMWR Surveillance Summaryand the 2009 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) data. The MMWR Surveillance Summary is available at www.cdc.gov/yrbss.
The MMWR Surveillance Summary includes results from the 2009 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey and results from 42 state and 20 local Youth Risk Behavior Surveys. The Surveillance Summary, updated fact sheets, 2009 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey data file, and 2009 technical documentation are available at www.cdc.gov/yrbss.
Youth Online, a web-based, YRBS data exploration system, has also been significantly updated and improved. Important new features include the ability to look at data across all sites simultaneously, to run t-tests for subgroup differences, and to filter data by grade, sex, or race/ethnicity. During the next few months, DASH will provide a series of webinars introducing the new Youth Online features and showing how they can be applied in program activities. More information about the webinars will be distributed soon. You may access the new Youth Online from www.cdc.gov/yrbss. Make sure to check it out!
Additionally, DASH has created the YRBS Data Widget, a small web program that you can put right on your agency's web page to help disseminate YRBS results quickly and conveniently. It displays YRBS results from the site you choose for selected behaviors and provides links to the new and improved Youth Online for users who want more details. More information about the YRBS Data Widget is available at www.cdc.gov/widgets.
For additional information, please contact Danice Eaton, PhD, Division of Adolescent and School Health, at 770-488-6143.
For additional resources to help your state modify the Youth Risk Behavior Survey, visit our resource page and click on webinars to access valuable to information regarding adding additional questions to your YRBS Survey.