Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBS)

We track the risk behaviors that can lead to death, disability, and social problems with youth and adults in the United States. The data we collect is an important tool for decision-making by DSHS, the Texas Education Agency (TEA), and the public health community. In fact, health authorities rely on our data to find public health problems, design policy, and measure progress toward goals.

Our findings also help track the Healthy People 2030 objectives for smoking, obesity, drug use, sexual activity, and other risk factors. That data allows us to see the long-term impact of health promotion programs. 

Much of the questionnaire is standardized under the direction of the CDC. As a result, we can make comparisons to other states, cities, and the nation as a whole.

We’re funded by a CDC grant from their Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH). 

Health Surveys User Group

The Health Surveys User Group (HSUG) was established to bring together internal and external Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) and School Health Profiles survey partners to discuss the implementation of these two biennial surveys. This group advises the Community Assessment Team (CAT) at the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) on questionnaire development and data collection for the two surveys, which includes data analysis, interpretation, use, and reporting.

 If you would like to be added to the HSUG, email YRBSS@dshs.texas.gov.

YRBS and Profiles HSUG Meeting Calendar

Date Time & Place
January 20, 2022 10:30 am - 12:00 pm Microsoft Teams Meeting
April 22, 2022 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Microsoft Teams Meeting
July 21, 2022 10:00 am - 12:30 pm Microsoft Teams Meeting. Please note the date change. This meeting will be combined with the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System user group meeting. YRBS and Profiles agenda items will be discussed first.
October 21, 2022 10:30 am - 12:00 pm Microsoft Teams Meeting

 

Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBS) FAQs

YRBS Questionnaire Content

Administration

Uses of the YRBS Results

Validity & Reliability

Methodology

Who Does The National YRBS Data Represent?

National YRBS data are representative of all public and private school students in grades 9-12 in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. National YRBS data are not the aggregate of the state YRBS data; the National YRBS uses a separate scientific sample of schools and students.

Analyzing the YRBS

Conducting Your Own YRBS