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Frankfort, KY 40621
Phone: (502) 564-4456
Fax: (502) 564-9010
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Youth Risk Behavior Survey - Kentucky

The Kentucky Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) is conducted as part of a national effort by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to monitor students' health-risk behaviors in six priority areas. These six areas include injury and violence, alcohol and drug use, tobacco use, nutrition, physical activity, and sexual risk behaviors. These risk behaviors contribute to the leading causes of death, disability, and social problems among youth and adults in the United States.

Kentucky's 2009 YRBS results include:

  • 26.7 percent of high school students reported feeling so sad or hopeless almost every day for two weeks or more in a row during the past 12 months, that they stopped doing some usual activities.
  • 14.6 percent of high school students reported seriously considering attempting suicide during the past 12 months.
  • 12.5 percent of high school students reported actually making a plan to kill themselves within the past 12 months.
  • 8.8 percent of high school students reported making an attempt within the past 12 months.
  • 17.4 percent of middle school students reported ever seriously thinking about killing themselves.
  • 11 percent of middle school students reported ever making a plan to kill themselves.
  • 6.5 percent of middle school students reported ever trying to kill themselves.

Access the Youth Risk Behavior Survey below.

Last Updated 7/14/2013 9:35:59 AM
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