The YRBS was developed in 1990 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. These behaviors, often established during childhood and early adolescence, include:
- Tobacco use;
- Unhealthy dietary behaviors;
- Inadequate physical activity;
- Alcohol and other drug use;
- Sexual behaviors that contribute to unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV infection; and
- Behaviors that contribute to unintentional injuries and violence.
For general questions about YRBS data, please contact Thad Burk at firstname.lastname@example.org