Delaware Youth Risk Behavior Surveys

Steven S. Martin, Principal Investigator
Roberta Gealt, Project Manager

Initiation date: 1999

Funding Source: High School Survey--Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Adolescent and School Health through the Delaware Department; Middle School Survey—Nemours Health Prevention Services

Project Summary:

This project supports the public school administration of the Delaware Youth Risk Behavior Survey of high school students, based on the CDC survey administered in 39 states in 2007. This survey has been administered every other year in odd-numbered years to a random and representative sample of high school students. CDAS conducted the survey for the state in 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2009. The Center develops the Delaware version of the survey with input from state and community agencies and approval of the Delaware Safe and Drug Free Schools Committee and a review committee conducted by the Delaware Department of Education. CDAS conducts fieldwork for a sample selected by the CDC, scans the surveys to provide a data set, and provides some analyses and report writing, and dissemination of findings. The study reports data comparable to other Center studies on substance abuse, but also provides the only statewide youth data on health, diet, and sexual activity, as well as some comparability to other states findings published by the CDC in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The middle school survey has been conducted in 2007 and 2009 to students in grades 6-9 in Delaware public schools with the support and oversight of the Nemours Health Prevention Services. These surveys are also scanned and compiled at CDAS, and data analyses and reports are provided. The basic CDC middle school survey has been enhanced with additional questions on mental health consistent with the goals of Nemours.