Youth Risk Behavior Survey
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Frequently Asked Questions about the YRBS Survey - Español
Q. Why should my child participate?
A. The YRBS is the only representative statewide survey of Nebraska youth that covers a variety of important health topics in one survey. It provides information to help communities plan effective health prevention strategies for school-aged youth. In addition, the national coordination of the survey allows for Nebraska to compare its survey results to results from other states and the nation as a whole.
Q. Why is this survey being done?
A. The Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (NDHHS) have utilized the YRBS data to monitor changes over time in health risk behavior; to strengthen state and local grant applications; to plan more effective youth prevention programs at the state level; and to provide a standardized long-term mechanism to chart progress in reducing youth health risk behaviors. The data has enabled NDE and NDHHS to access federal grants in excess of millions of dollars to assist local schools and communities in developing health-enhancing policies and programs for youth; to provide funding to schools and communities to address health initiatives in their communities; and to provide statewide professional development opportunities on health-enhancing programs for youth.
Q. Are sensitive questions asked?
A. Yes. Some questions are related to sensitive issues. To help solve health problems among our youth, we must first understand them. The only way to learn if youth are at risk is to ask questions about all health-related behaviors. Care has been taken to write survey questions in a direct, but sensitive way.
Q. Does asking a student about a risky health behavior (ie; tobacco use) increase the likelihood that he or she will practice that behavior?
A. No. There is no scientific evidence that health-risk behaviors can be changed simply by reading a question about them.
Q. Will students' names be used or linked to the survey?
A. No. The survey has been designed to protect your child's privacy. Students do not put their name on the survey and when finished, seal their survey and answer sheet in an envelope to guarantee confidentiality. No one from the school will see their responses.
Q. Are students tracked over time to see how their behavior changes?
A. No. Students who take part cannot be tracked because their names are not on the surveys. But, you and your son/daughter could discuss the survey and answers given. And, if there was an interest/need in changing a behavior, you could track progress over time.
Q.How was my child selected?
A. A scientific sampling process (random sampling) was used to select both schools and the classrooms within schools to participate in the statewide survey. Entire classes were selected rather than specific students.
Q. How long will it take to fill out the survey?
A. Approximately thirty minutes are needed to complete the written survey.
Q. Who supports this survey?
A. This survey is supported by many major, national, state, and local organizations interested in the health of youth. People from over 100 state and local health and education agencies and 19 federal agencies helped develop the survey. The National PTA, National School Boards Association, American Association of School Administrators, American Medical Association, American School Health Association, American Association for Health Education, Association of State and Territorial Directors of Health Promotion and Public Health Education, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, Council of Chief State School Officers, National Association of State Boards of Education, National Education Association, National Education Goals Panel, and the Society of State Directors of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation have all provided letters of support.