Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS)

What is the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) and why is it important?

The YRBS collects information on issues youth may be experiencing so schools, parents, and communities have the information they need to reduce risk behaviors and improve academic performance and life outcomes.

Parents and guardians, consider signing the permission form during high school registration—online or on paper. If your school district doesn’t offer the permission form during registration, please consider signing the form when it’s sent home with your student, or you receive an email or letter from your student’s school.

The New Hampshire Department of Education and Department of Health and Human Services jointly administer the YRBS.

Click below to learn how the New Hampshire DoE and DHHS support the YRBS.

There are unlimited stories YRBS data can tell, and NHTAC can help you find them!

Click below to learn more about how YRBS data is analyzed.


Frequently Asked Questions

Research has shown that school health programs can reduce the prevalence of health risk behaviors among young people and have a positive impact on academic performance.

By allowing youth to share their real life experiences, the YRBS enables schools, parents, and communities to improve academic achievement and outcomes.

Facts About the YRBS:

  • Asking students about risky behaviors does not make it more likely that they will engage in them.
  • YRBS data is not available to the general public. The reputation of the school and the students will not be damaged by participating in the YRBS.
  • Student responses are kept strictly confidential.
  • Students can take the YRBS in about 40 minutes. No significant instructional time is lost.
  • Studies show that students answer YRBS questions honestly and the data is valid.