Youth Risk Behavior Survey – 2017 (Spring) Results

Youth Risk Behavior Survey

Arlington County has been conducting the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) since 2001. It is an anonymous, voluntary survey administered to students in grades 6, 8, 10 and 12 in randomly selected classes in all Arlington Public School (APS) middle and high schools.  The survey helps to inform the community about the important factors impacting the well-being of youth and families in our community.

Arlington uses standard Center for Disease Control (CDC) questions whenever possible. Additionally, each year community stakeholders have the opportunity to request the addition of certain questions.

The survey focus areas include:

  • personal safety
  • use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs (ATOD)
  • bullying, aggression, and violence
  • teen dating abuse
  • mental health, such as stress, suicide, and depression
  • sexual health (8th, 10th, and 12thgrade only)
  • nutrition and physical activity

Additional information about the survey: Youth Risk Behavior Survey

2017 Reports

Conversation Starters

The Partnership would like to share these results and facilitate a conversation with you and your group. Contact Partnership Coordinator Kim Durand or Data Specialist Rebecca Hjelm to set up a presentation.

Here are some sample questions to consider when reading through and discussing the YRBS results.

  1. Is this data reflective of what I/we see in our community?
  2. What stands out, both the positives and negatives?
  3. What factors within the Arlington community do I/we think contribute to these results?
  4. What can I/we do about it? What would you like to see APCYF/Arlington Public Schools/Arlington County Government do about it?