Youth Risk Behavior Survey results from Duval County released

Jan 30, 2012  •   Written by Erin Addington   •  no comments

The Duval County Health Department and Duval County Public Schools unveiled the 2011 results from the second county-level Youth Risk Behavior Survey at the Shultz Center on January 25.

Thomas Bryant III, Director of the Institute of Public Health, Informatics, and Research at the DCHD, presented the survey results, which are based on student resident zip codes. Also, he mentioned there is no national middle school survey.

Duval County is the only county that breaks down the data by Health Zones. The
data is the results from 3,336 high school students from 21 schools and 4,513
middle school students from 30 schools. The data excludes magnet, charter and
private schools.

Among middle school-aged students surveyed, four of the five sexual behavior
indicators have decreased from 2009 to 2011. Some of those include the number
of middle school-aged students having sex (23.3% to 18.8%) and had sex for the
first time before age 11 years old (8.2% to 6.1%). However, the number of
students who had been taught in school about AIDS or HIV infection decreased in
a less desired trend (75.7% to 65.8%).

Among high school-aged students surveyed, three of the six sexual behavior indicators have decreased from 2009 to 2011. Some of those include the number of high school-aged students having sex (53.9% to 50.9%) and currently sexually active (37.7% to 36.7%). However, the number of students who had been taught in school about AIDS or HIV infection decreased in a less desired trend (84.3% to 81.3%).

After the results were given, the audience was broken into four groups based on their expertise and interest. The groups cover the sections of the YRBS:

  • Violence, suicide and safety
  • Alcohol, tobacco and other drug use
  • Sexual behaviors
  • Physical activity and unhealthy dietary behaviors

Each group goal was to discuss and brainstorm ideas to help reduce the trends in each section. The groups were lead by experts in the field. Sexual Behaviors was lead by Elissa M. Barr, PhD, Associate Professor and Program Director at UNF Department of Public Health and Michele Johnson Monroe, PhD, CHES, Associate Professor at UNF Department of Public Health.

After brainstorming ideas, the group facilitators summarized and presented the ideas given by the group. DCHD and DCPS challenged the audience to take the data and apply it to help improve and/or implement teen programs.

For more information, please visit
http://www.dchd.net/youthriskbehaviors2012.htm or www.duvalschools.org/yrbs.

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