Research Areas

New York City Youth Risk Behavior Survey

NYC Youth Risk Behavior Survey

Based on the protocol developed by CDC, the survey has been conducted in odd-numbered years since 1997 to monitor priority health risk behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of mortality, morbidity, and social problems among youth in New York City. In the spring of 2007, the survey was completed by 9,080 students in 87 public high schools. Students complete a self-administered, anonymous questionnaire that measures a variety of risk behaviors, including tobacco, alcohol and drug use, unintentional injury and violence, sexual behaviors, dietary behaviors, and physical activity. The results are representative of public high school students in grades 9 though 12. The NYC YRBS can provide prevalence data for the city as a whole, for each of the five boroughs, and (since 2005) for three high-risk neighborhoods - the South Bronx, North and Central Brooklyn, and East and Central Harlem in Manhattan - where the DOHMH has its District Public Health Offices.

For Health Department publications using YRBS data, please visit the publications search page and search topic "teen health."

For more information on YRBS methodology, see the Comprehensive YRBS Methods Report (PDF)

For more information, click here.

Interactive Youth Risk Behavior Data Tool

NYC YRBS Surveys and Methodology

2013

Questionnaire

Dataset with borough and DPHO

Codebooks: 

Citywide 

Borough: Bronx|Brooklyn|Manhattan|Queens|Staten Island 

DPHO: North & Central BrooklynEast & Central Harlem

SAS Programs, Borough and DPHO:

Sample Code|Formats|Format statements

Survey Summary

Citywide Trend Report 

2011

Questionnaire

Dataset with borough and DPHO

Codebooks: 

Citywide 

Borough: Bronx|Brooklyn|Manhattan|Queens|Staten Island 

DPHO: South Bronx|North & Central Brooklyn 

East & Central Harlem

SAS Programs, Borough and DPHO:

Sample Code|Formats|Format statements

Survey Summary

Citywide Trend Report

2009

Questionnaire

Dataset with borough and DPHO

Dataset with poverty proxy (citywide only)

Codebooks: 

Citywide 

Borough: Bronx|Brooklyn|Manhattan|Queens|Staten Island   

DPHO: South Bronx|North & Central Brooklyn 

East & Central Harlem

SAS Programs, Borough and DPHO:

Sample Code|Formats|Format statements

SAS Programs, with poverty proxy:

Sample Code|Formats|Format statements

Survey Summary

2007

Questionnaire

Dataset with borough and DPHO

Codebooks: 

Citywide 

Borough: Bronx|Brooklyn|Manhattan|Queens|Staten Island 

DPHO: South Bronx|North & Central Brooklyn 

East & Central Harlem

SAS Programs: Sample Code|Formats|Format statements

Survey Summary

2005

Questionnaire 

Dataset with borough and DPHO

*Caution: DPHO area in 2005 is not comparable to DPHO area in 2007-2009*

Codebooks: 

Citywide

Borough: Bronx|Brooklyn|Manhattan|Queens|Staten Island 

DPHO: South Bronx|North & Central Brooklyn

East & Central Harlem

SAS Programs: Sample Code|Formats|Format statements

Survey Summary 

2003

Questionnaire  

Dataset with Borough

Codebook:  Citywide

SAS Programs:  Sample Code|Formats|Format statements 

Survey Summary 

2001

Questionnaire

Dataset

Codebook: Citywide

SAS Programs:  Sample Code|Formats|Format statments 

1999

Questionnaire

Dataset

Codebook: Citywide

SAS Programs:  Sample Code|Formats|Format statments

1997

Dataset

Codebook: Citywide

SAS Programs: Sample Code|Formats|Format statments  

Suggested Citation

New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in collaboration with the NYC Department of Education. Youth Risk Behavior Survey [YEAR(S)]: http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/episrv/episrv-youthriskbehavior.shtml; public use dataset accessed on [DATE].

Methodology

CHS Methodology can be found here.

If you have difficulty downloading the documents on this page please contact Michael Weisner (212) 851-2229 or email mw2931@columbia.edu