The 2015 Middle School YRBS data are here!

The latest Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) middle school reports are now available!  Additionally, a selection of YRBS indicators for both high school and middle school have been loaded into our newest data query tool, the Hawaii Indicator-Based Information System (Hawaii-IBIS).

Here are a few highlights from the 2015 YRBS middle school data…

Bullying continues to be an issue among middle school students in Hawaii. Almost half (45%) report they have been bullied on school property and a quarter (25%) say they have been cyber-bullied. Youth who are bullied are more likely to experience depression, anxiety, substance use, and health complaints.

Over half (51%) of middle school students in Hawaii report they get 8 or more hours of sleep on an average school night. This is important because insufficient sleep can negatively affect academic performance and has been linked to depression and substance use.

One in five middle school students in Hawaii meet the Federal Guidelines for physical activity. In fact, the percent of middle school students who report being physically active for at least an hour every day in the past week has increased 60% since 2005 (16.9%, 2005 YRBS; 27.4%, 2015 YRBS). This is a great development as regular physical activity improves many aspects of health.