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Wisconsin Youth Risk Behavior Survey

 

The Wisconsin Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) is conducted as part of a national effort by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to monitor health-risk behaviors of the nation's high school students. These behaviors, in turn, result in the most significant causes of both mortality and morbidity during youth and adulthood. The behaviors monitored by the Wisconsin YRBS include traffic safety; weapons and violence; suicide; tobacco use; alcohol and other drug use; sexual behavior; and diet, nutrition, and exercise.

The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) has administered the YRBS every two years beginning with 1993. The YRBS is administered to students in Wisconsin's public high schools. Survey procedures were designed to protect the privacy of students by allowing anonymous and voluntary participation. Local parent permission procedures were followed before administration, including informing parents that their child's participation was voluntary.

For more information about the YRBS and why it is important, please watch the following video:
Overview of the survey

National YRBS
National Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System. This web site includes the most recent YRBS questionnaire for surveys of 9th - 12th grade students, published reports, data files and documentation, and Youth Online, which provides interactive access to national, state, and local survey results.

Youth Online: Comprehensive Results.
YRBS Youth Online lets you:

  • Examine risk behaviors in six categories: unintentional injuries and violence, tobacco use, alcohol and other drug use, sexual behaviors, dietary behaviors, and physical activity;
  • Compare results from national, state, territorial, and local surveys ;
  • Examine trends over time;
  • Stratify by race/ethnicity, sex, or grade; and
  • View results as tables or graphs.

See the Conducting A YRBS page for information on registering, taking the survey, and getting results.

Note: This page is about Wisconsin-wide statistics only. If you want to conduct your own local survey at the school, district, or county level, please use this page.

2023 YRBS Information

The 2023 YRBS will be administered between January 3 and June 30. Registration for the 2023 YRBS is currently open! Please visit the Conducting a YRBS webpage for more information. Also, please subscribe to the YRBS e-mail list to receive udpates.

2021 YRBS Information

Most of the 2021 reports are now available. Reports available include: high school, middle school, district, and county reports. In addition, the representative statewide sample report has been released. Please see below under YRBS 2021 for access information. Additional reports including the Wisconsin 2021 Summary Report and Comparison Tables will be available soon.

 

Stay up-to-date by subscribing to the Wisconsin YRBS e-mail list by sending an email to subscribe-wi_yrbs_general@lists.dpi.wi.gov with the word “Subscribe” in the heading.

Youth Risk Behavior Survey

YRBS 2021

Wisconsin High School YRBS Survey

DPI Statewide Reports: Coming Soon!

CDC Reports: The documents below were created for Wisconsin by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). They contain detailed data tables and are useful for learning more about specific questions or looking up data points that don’t appear in the DPI reports. The information is based on responses provided by high school students (grades 9-12) from forty three schools located within Wisconsin.

School and District Reports: Are available to respective school and/or district staff through Secure Home’s Secure Access File Exchange (SAFE). See the School and District-Level Reports section of the Conducting A YRBS webpage. Private school reports are anticipated to be released later in Fall 2022.

County Reports: Are available under the 2021 County and Regional Reports section of the Conducting A YRBS webpage.

The middle school survey and optional modules can be viewed by clicking on the links below:

YRBS 2019

Wisconsin High School YRBS Survey

DPI Reports: Reports posted here were created by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. These reports are intended to be used by a general audience, and to provide more depth on topics.

CDC Reports: The documents below were created for Wisconsin by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). They contain detailed data tables and are useful for learning more about specific questions or looking up data points that don’t appear in the DPI reports. CDC normally releases national (U.S.) statistics from the YRBS during the summer.

School and district reports are available to respective school and/or district personnel through ASM Secure Home SAFE. See the School and District Reports section of the Conducting A YRBS webpage.

County and CESA reports are available under the County and Regional Results section of the Conducting A YRBS webpage.

For the middle school survey and optional modules, see the Surveys and Optional Modules section of the Conducting A YRBS page.

 

YRBS 2017

Wisconsin High School YRBS Survey

DPI Reports: Reports posted here were created by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. These reports are intended to be used by a general audience, and to provide more depth on topics. Reports will be added periodically during 2018.

CDC Reports: The documents below were created for Wisconsin by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). They contain detailed data tables and are useful for learning more about specific questions or looking up data points that don’t appear in the DPI reports. CDC will release national (U.S.) statistics from the YRBS 2017 in June 2018. They will be available on the CDC’s website.

YRBS 2015

Weighted data was not achieved for 2015. Please continue to use 2013 data until 2017 data is collected and made available in January 2018. As we prepare for achieving weighted data in 2017, we welcome testimonials from school districts on why this data is valuable to you. A letter of support template is available below. Letters can be submitted to Molly Herrmann at molly.herrmann@dpi.wi.gov.

YRBS 2013
YRBS 2011
YRBS 2009

For questions about accessing or interpreting Wisconsin’s YRBS data, contact Owen Tortora (608) 264-6715‬ or Denise Kohout (608) 266-0282