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.
NYC YRBS Surveys and Methodology
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