Youth reported safety behaviors*

Updated 8/20/18 – *Note that this measure is also a social determinant of health

According to the WCSD Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), high school student safety-related behaviors improved in the 2015 survey, but middle school student bullying has increased along with parents never/rarely/only sometimes asking where and with whom their middle schooler is going..

The YRBS is conducted in odd-numbered years with 7th –12th graders. TMT initiated a task force in 2010 following alarming results from the 2009 survey.  More than 25 collaborating agencies developed recommendations for needed policies including violence prevention education, intervention activities, and education programming.


  • Middle school students were not included in the YRBS safety questions in 2013
  • ***2017 question changed; should not be compared to prior surveys


Washoe County School District

  • 2009 prepared by Telesis Management Consulting for WCSD Safe & Drug Free Schools
  • 2011 results prepared by Sophie Hartley for WCSD School Counseling & Drug Free Schools
  • 2013 & 2015 results prepared by UNR’s School of Community Health Sciences

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