Danice K. Eaton, PhD, Research Scientist (firstname.lastname@example.org); 2Laura Kann, PhD, Branch Chief (email@example.com); 3Steve Kinchen, BS, ICS; Team Leader (firstname.lastname@example.org); 6William A. Harris, MM, IT Consultant, Northrop Grumman Subcontractor, Atlanta, GA (email@example.com); 7Richard Lowry, MD, Medical Officer (firstname.lastname@example.org); 8Tim McManus, MS, Software Engineer, Northrop Grumman, Atlanta, GA (email@example.com); 9David Chyen, MS, Computer Programmer II, Northrop Grumman Subcontractor, Atlanta, GA (firstname.lastname@example.org); 10Shari Shanklin, MS, Public Health Analyst, Northrop Grumman, Atlanta, GA (email@example.com); 11Connie Lim, MPA, Health Care Analyst 2, Northrop Grumman, Atlanta, GA (firstname.lastname@example.org); and 13Howell Wechsler, EdD, Division Director (email@example.com) Division of Adolescent and School Health, National Center for Chronis Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, MS K-33, 4770 Buford Highway, NE, Atlanta, GA 30341; 4James Ross, MS, Senior Vice President (firstname.lastname@example.org), ORC Macro, 11785 Beltsville Drive, Suite #300, Beltsville, MD 20705; 5Joseph Hawkins, MA, Senior Study Director (email@example.com), Westat, 1650 Research Blvd., Rockville, MD 20850; and 12Jo Anne Grunbaum, EdD, Team Leader (firstname.lastname@example.org), Division of Adult and Community Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, CDC, 4770 Buford Highway, NE, MS k-45, Atlanta, GA 30341.
Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance—United States, 2005
Article first published online: 21 AUG 2006
Journal of School Health
Volume 76, Issue 7, pages 353–372, September 2006
How to Cite
Eaton, D. K., Kann, L., Kinchen, S., Ross, J., Hawkins, J., Harris, W. A., Lowry, R., McManus, T., Chyen, D., Shanklin, S., Lim, C., Grunbaum, J. A. and Wechsler, H. (2006), Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance—United States, 2005. Journal of School Health, 76: 353–372. doi: 10.1111/j.1746-1561.2006.00127.x
This article is based on: Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance—United States, 2005. MMWR. 2006:55(SS-5):1-33. Copies of the complete (unabridged) report can be obtained from www.cdc.gov/yrbs.
- Issue published online: 21 AUG 2006
- Article first published online: 21 AUG 2006
Abstract: In the United States, 71% of all deaths among persons aged 10-24 years result from 4 causes: motorvehicle crashes, other unintentional injuries, homicide, and suicide. Results from the 2005 national Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) indicated that during the 30 days preceding the survey, many high school students engaged in behaviors that increased their likelihood of death from these 4 causes: 9.9% had driven a car or other vehicle when they had been drinking alcohol, 18.5% had carried a weapon, 43.3% had drunk alcohol, and 20.2% had used marijuana. In addition, during the 12 months preceding the survey, 35.9% of high school students had been in a physical fight and 8.4% had attempted suicide. Substantial morbidity and social problems among youth also result from unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases, including human immunodeficiency virus infection. During 2005, a total of 46.8% of high school students had ever had sexual intercourse, 37.2% of sexually active high school students had not used a condom at last sexual intercourse, and 2.1% had ever injected an illegal drug. Among adults aged ≥25 years, 61% of all deaths result from 2 causes: cardiovascular disease and cancer. Results from the 2005 national YRBS indicated that risk behaviors associated with these 2 causes of death were initiated during adolescence. During 2005, a total of 23.0% of high school students had smoked cigarettes during the 30 days preceding the survey, 79.9% had not eaten ≥5 times/day of fruits and vegetables during the 7 days preceding the survey, 67.0% did not attend physical education classes daily, and 13.1% were overweight. (J Sch Health. 2006;76(7):353-372)