The Kentucky Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) is conducted as part of a national effort by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and prevention (CDC) to monitor students’ health-risk behaviors in six priority areas. These six areas include injury and violence, alcohol and drug use, tobacco use, nutrition, physical activity, and sexual risk behaviors. These risk behaviors contribute to the leading causes of death, disability, and social problems among youth and adults in the U.S.
Kentucky has been administering the YRBS since 1997. The survey is voluntary and is administered to a randomly selected sample of middle and high school students across the state.
The following are the results from the 2011 Kentucky High School YRBS and 2011 Kentucky Middle School YRBS.