New CDC Report Highlights Youth Risk Behavior Challenges

What is included in the YRBS Data Summary & Trends Report?

The YRBS Data Summary & Trends Report includes data on behaviors and experiences for 29 variables across

  • sexual behavior,
  • substance use,
  • experiences of violence,
  • mental health, and
  • suicidal thoughts and behaviors.

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Additionally, this year’s report includes data on social determinants of health, such as unstable housing, and protective factors, such as school connectedness and parental monitoring.

Why are these data important?

mental health

The data show that many of the same behaviors and experiences that were moving in the wrong direction before the pandemic, like poor mental health, continued to worsen, and highlight the challenges young people continue to face.


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