WILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington’s Middle School and High School Students will be taking a youth risk behavior survey in the coming months.
According to Director of Nursing Services Doreen Crowe and Coordinator of Behavioral Health & Social Emotional Support Christine Murray, the Massachusetts Youth Risk Behavior Survey (MYRBS) and Massachusetts Youth Health Surveys (MYHS) are conducted every two years to monitor health indicators, behaviors, and risk factors contributing to the leading causes of morbidity, mortality, and social and academic problems among adolescents, including:
- Behaviors related to injuries and violence
- Behaviors related to personal safety
- Alcohol and other drug use
- Tobacco use
- Sexual behaviors related to unintended pregnancy & sexually transmitted infections, including HIV
- Behaviors related to nutrition and physical activity
- Protective factors
- Other factors related to adolescent health
“Wilmington Public Schools, in collaboration with Middlesex League of Superintendents, has recently been awarded funding from Lahey Health to implement YRBS across the twelve school districts in Middlesex County,” explained Crowe in a recent memo to the School Committee. “This will provide the opportunity to create a common dataset for the group. Each district, however, will be allowed to add customized questions and receive both individual results, as well as Middlesex County results.”
“The recommendation is to implement YRBS to students in grades 6-12 every two years,” continued Crowe. “Our last implementation of YRBS was Spring 2017. We’re pleased to be included in the next implementation phase during Winter 2019 with the Middlesex County.”
Parents will be able to opt their children out of participating in the survey.
The survey results will be shared with the community once they’re available.
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