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Nebraska YRBS Results

The Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS)

The Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) is part of the National Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System created and managed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

This statewide survey is designed to monitor six categories of health-related behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death and disability among youth and adults, including—

  • Behaviors that contribute to unintentional injuries and violence
  • Sexual behaviors related to unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV infection
  • Alcohol and other drug use
  • Tobacco use
  • Unhealthy dietary behaviors
  • Inadequate physical activity

YRBS also measures the prevalence of obesity and asthma and other health-related behaviors plus sexual identity and sex of sexual contacts.

All Nebraska public schools are eligible to participate. In a random sample of schools, students from a random sample of 9th-12th grade classes are asked to complete the YRBS. Nebraska has been administered in Nebraska biannually since 1991.


2021 YRBS Survey Results

The Nebraska 2021 survey was completed by 676 students across the state. Each high school grade level was represented; with 24.7% of survey completed by 9th graders, 24.8% of surveys completed by 10th graders, 24.5% of surveys completed by 11th graders and 25.6% of surveys completed by 12th graders. Ethnicities represented include: Black 6.7%, Hispanic/Latino 19.3%, White 66.1%, Multiple Races 4.6%, Other 3.2%

Demographic Table, Weighted Data


Graphs/Charts – Please view the slides below if you are interested in seeing graphs/charts from each survey question.

Mental Health            Nutrition & Obesity            Physical Activity & Screen Time            Physical Risk Behaviors & School Safety             Sexual Health                        Substance Use


Trend Data Report my be viewed here.

2021 Nebraska YRBS Infographics

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Physical Activity

Mental Health

Substance Use

Tobacco Use/ Physical Risks

Weight & Nutrition/Girls in Nebraska

Sexual Health

2018 Nebraska YRBS Data Highlights
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Sexual Activity-Education ComparisonSexual Activity-Education Comparison

Distracted DrivingDistracted Driving

YRBS Smoking-AlcoholYRBS Smoking-Alcohol

Chronic Conditions & HabitsChronic Condition & Habits



Physical Activity

Physical Activity

Sexual HealthSexual Health

2018-19 Nebraska YRBS Results


2018NEH EH Codebook

2018NEH_Demographic_Table (pdf)

2018NEH_Detail_Tables (pdf)

2018NEH_Graphs (powerpoint)

2018NEH_Map_Form (pdf)

2018NEH_Questionnaire (pdf)

2018NEH_Sample_Description (pdf)

2018NEH_Sample_Statistics (pdf)

2018NEH Summary Tables (pdf)

2018NEH_Survey_Summary (pdf)

2018NEH_Trend_Report_10_Years (pdf)

2018NEH_Trend_Report (pdf)

2018NEH_YRBS Data (dat) TXT file


The Student Health and Risk Prevention (SHARP) Surveillance System

The Nebraska Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) is part of the Student Health and Risk Prevention (SHARP) Surveillance System.  This system is the umbrella uniting the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), Youth Tobacco Survey (YTS), and Nebraska Risk and Protective Factor Student Survey (NRPFSS).  All three of these surveys are administered in the fall of even calendar years.  The Bureau of Sociological Research (BOSR) manages these surveys on behalf of the Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (NDHHS).

For more information, please contact:  Jessie Coffey at, 402-617-5796 or visit

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Nebraska Adolescents

Updated June 13, 2023 1:53pm