2019 YOUTH RISK BEHAVIOR SURVEY DATA
The 2019 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) data are now available in Hawaii-IBIS, where we have added 5 new analytic dimensions, a demographics category and 31 new health indicators. The YRBS is part of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System and monitors behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death and disability among youth and young adults. Over 12,000 Hawaii public school students participated in 2019.
We’ve included a few highlights below. You can explore the 2019 YRBS in IBIS or Hawaii Health Matters.
- 39% of high school students have ever used illicit drugs (including 51% of students in Hawaii County and 49% in Maui).
- Overall, high school students who experienced mental distress decreased from 71% in 2017 to 67% in 2019.
- 60% of middle school students who identified as bisexual seriously considered suicide at least once in their life, compared to 24% of students who identified as straight.
- Close to a quarter (24%) of middle school students said that they had discussed with their parent/adult in the family how to say no to having sex (including 27% of students in Maui and Kauai County).
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NEW CDC PLACES DATA!
Users can now explore the newly updated CDC PLACES data in Hawaii Health Matters (HHM)! PLACES is an extension of the original 500 Cities Project that allows local health departments and jurisdictions to better understand the burden and geographic distribution of health-related outcomes in their areas and assists them in planning public health interventions.
29 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) health indicators in HHM can now be viewed at the census tract, census place, and zip code level for all islands (previously only available for Honolulu County). Click here to learn more!
2019 YOUTH TOBACCO SURVEY
The Youth Tobacco Survey (YTS) is administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in collaboration with participating states. It is designed to help plan and evaluate state-based comprehensive tobacco prevention and control programs. Public middle and high school students answer questions about tobacco use, knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs. You can now build your own report with the newly released 2019 YTS data on Hawaii-IBIS.
Below are some highlights from the 2019 YTS results:
- 80% of current high school student smokers got their cigarettes without buying them at a store (obtained cigarettes from friends or family, by giving someone money, or by stealing them).
- The three most common reasons why high school students used e-cigarettes were because they came in flavors (28%), friends or family members used them (35%), and other reasons not specified (50%).
- 39% of middle school students indicated that it would be somewhat or very easy to get tobacco products if they wanted them.
- While 42% of all middle school students live with someone who uses any form of tobacco, 70% of current middle school tobacco users live with a tobacco user.