Hawaiʻi Health Data Warehouse


The Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) collects information on health-risk behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death and disability among youth and young adults. It is traditionally been a paper survey administered to Hawaiʻi public school students every other year. As of 2021, students were also able on complete the survey at school online. Two different surveys are administered: one to middle school students (grades 6-8) and one to high school students (grades 9-12). Since 2003, the YRBS has been administered with the Youth Tobacco Survey to public school students throughout Hawaiʻi as a module within the Hawaiʻi School Health Survey.

The sample is chosen using a two-stage, stratified random sampling method. The results are weighted by sex, grade, and race/ethnicity. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requires a response rate of at least 60% to weight state YRBS data. Hawaiʻi does not have state-level data for high schools in 2001 or 2003. County-level data began to be collected in 2011. The response rate for high schools in Hawaiʻi County in 2011 was not sufficient for weighting, so high school county level data are not reported in 2011.

National and state estimates for the high school survey can be obtained using the Youth Online query tool. The YRBS is a joint effort of the Hawaiʻi State Department of Education, the Hawaiʻi State Department of Health and the University of Hawaiʻi Curriculum Research & Development Group in collaboration with the CDC.

Data Release Notes

The surveys we use to collect data are constantly being updated. As the surveys evolve, new indicators are created and old indicators are removed. The data release notes contain information about new indicators and dimensions that have been added each year. General data release notes are available on the YRBS Health Indicator Selection page.

YearStudents SurveyedHawai‘i SurveysData Release NotesCDC Documentation
2021MS - 5,458
HS - 5,637
MS YRBS 2021
HS YRBS 2021
2021 Release Notes2021 Data User's Guide
2019MS - 6,591
HS - 5,879
MS YRBS 2019
HS YRBS 2019
2019 Release Notes2019 Data User’s Guide
2017MS - 6,418
HS - 6,031
MS YRBS 2017
HS YRBS 2017
2017 Data User’s Guide
2015MS - 6,374
HS - 6,089
MS YRBS 2015
HS YRBS 2015
2015 Release Notes2015 Data User’s Guide
2013MS - 5,036
HS - 4,631
MS YRBS 2013
HS YRBS 2013
2013 Data User’s Guide
2011MS - 5,109
HS - 4,329
MS YRBS 2011
HS YRBS 2011
2011 Release Notes2011 Data User’s Guide
2009MS - 1,611
HS - 1,511
MS YRBS 2009
HS YRBS 2009
2009 Data User’s Guide
2007MS - 1,231
HS - 1,191
MS YRBS 2007
HS YRBS 2007
2007 Data User’s Guide
2005MS - 1,693
HS - 1,662
MS YRBS 2005
HS YRBS 2005
2005 Data User’s Guide
2003MS - 7,709*
HS - No Data**
MS YRBS 2003
HS YRBS 2003
2003 Data User’s Guide
2001MS - 1,495*
HS - No Data**
MS YRBS 2001
HS YRBS 2001
2001 Data User’s Guide

* MS data was collected and weighted in 2001 and 2003 and is loaded into the HHDW. Please submit a data request if you are interested in this data.
** 2001 and 2003 high school data are not available for analysis because they did not meet CDC weighting standards

Youth Risk Behavior Survey Reports

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Most record-level data requests can be processed within 2-4 weeks, but delays in the approval process can extend the timeline.

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