Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS)


Contact Information

Donal Mattimoe
(307) 777-6391
donal.mattimoe@wyo.gov

The Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) was developed in 1990 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to monitor priority health risk behaviors that contribute markedly to the leading causes of death, disability and social problems among youth and adults in the United States. The YRBS was designed to monitor trends, compare state health risk behaviors to national health risk behaviors and intended for use to plan, evaluate and improve school and community programs. Wyoming began participating in the YRBS survey in 1995. Wyoming students in grades, 6-8 & 9-12 are surveyed in the spring of odd years. The survey is voluntary and completely anonymous.

About the Program

The YRBS monitors risk behaviors that are often established during childhood and early adolescence and result in unintentional and intentional injuries. The risk categories monitored through the survey include: Tobacco Use, Unhealthy Dietary Behaviors, Physical Inactivity, Alcohol & Other Drug Use, Sexual Behavior/STD’s/HIV/AIDS/Unintended Pregnancies and Violence/Injury.

National YRBS Results

YRBS Results for Wyoming


Data by Year

2013 YRBS

2011 YRBS

School Health Profiles

Assists state and local education and health agencies in monitoring and assessing characteristics of school health education; physical education; school health policies related to HIV infection/AIDS, tobacco-use prevention, and nutrition; asthma management activities; and family and community involvement in school health programs. Data from Profiles can be used to improve school health programs. Two questionnaires are used to collect data — one for school principals and one for lead health education teachers. The Profiles survey is conducted biennially every even year, usually in the spring semester.

CDC School Health Profiles Website


School Health Profiles – 2014

School Health Profiles – 2012

School Health Profiles – 2010