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Youth Risk Behavior Survey

MCPS Youth Risk Behavior Survey Comparison Data Summary



What is the Youth Risk Behavior Survey?


“The Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) is an American biennial survey of adolescent health risk and health protective behaviors such as smoking, drinking, drug use, diet, and physical activity conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is one of the major sources of information about these risk behaviors, and is used by federal agencies to track drug use, sexual behavior, and other risk behaviors. The YRBS is the official source of information about adolescent risk behaviors used to evaluate federal, state, and local public health initiatives to decrease these risk behaviors.”


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Who takes the YRBS?


The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) was

adapted for distribution to Montgomery County 6 th grade students (6th Grade Survey),

7th and 8th grade students (7th and 8th Grade Survey), and 9th through 12th grade

students (High School Survey). In 2017, two thousand eighty-six total 6th (34.9%, n=729), and 7th and 8th (65.1%, n=1,357) grade students completed the Middle School YRBS. Two thousand four hundred and forty-four total (n=2,444) 9th through 12th grade students completed the High School YRBS. The grade breakdown was as follows: 9th grade (26.4%, n=641); 10th grade (28.5%, n=691); 11th grade (24.3%, n=589,); 12th grade (20.8%, n=506).


Why does MCPS partner to administer the YRBS?


The data gathered from the administration of these surveys will provide school, health department and other vital county personnel with useful, reliable, and valid data that should help in future planning and resource allocation. MCPS is the vehicle for the survey to be given but the data and identified concerns must be owned by the the community. Our focus needs to be on how we can successfully partner and collaborate, using this and other relevant data to drive our decisions as we evaluate current prevention and intervention programming and identify gaps of service to be filled. MCPS plays an important role in this work and is an invaluable member of a much larger team. We recognize we could not do this without the support of our community stakeholders and most of all, our families. This work shows that we value safety and emotional well-being for our students, while helping to provide a nurturing environment, positive relationships, high expectations and continuous growth.   



Who are our community partners in this work?


New River Valley Community Services

  • Pays for the YRBS through the Partners for Success Grant

  • Utilizes YRBS data during their annual needs assessment to identify needs and choose appropriate prevention and intervention programming


Montgomery County Prevention Partners

Include the following community stakeholders:


  • Montgomery County Sheriff's Department

  • Blacksburg Police Department

  • Christiansburg Police Department

  • Lewis-Gale Hospital

  • New River Valley Pediatrics

  • Court Services

  • Department of Social Services

  • Carilion Clinic

  • Women's Resource Center

  • Planned Parenthood

  • Ignite

  • Family Preservation Services

  • National Guard

  • Virginia Department of Health

  • Virginia Tech Center for Public Health and Research

  • Christiansburg Aquatic Center

  • Depaul Community Resources

  • INTotal Health

  • Alternative Community Programming of Montgomery County Human Services Department