Date: October 8th, 2014
By: Kelly Connelly
The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) monitors six types of health-risk behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death and disability among youth and adults, including behaviors that contribute to unintentional injuries and violence, sexual behaviors that contribute to unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (including HIV infection), alcohol and other drug use, tobacco use, unhealthy dietary behaviors, and inadequate physical activity. The system includes a national school-based survey conducted by CDC, as well as state, territorial, tribal, and local surveys.
The most recent report, released June 13, shows significant decreases in a number of sexual behaviors that contribute to unintended pregnancy and STIs between 1991 and 2013:
One significant increase of note: condom use! Among currently sexually active students, 59% reported that either they or their partner used a condom during the last time they had sexual intercourse. That’s a big jump from 1991, when just 46% reported the same.
The YRBS is a valuable source of important information. If you use it in you work, please let us know how in the comment section!
About the Author
Healthy Teen Network Senior Marketing and Communications Manager Kelly Connelly, BA, is a graphic designer, photographer, and videographer, and she is experienced at developing skills-building workshops and programs, for professionals as well as youth.