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Youth Risk Behavior Survey


The Emerson Hospital Youth Risk Behavior Survey, which is funded by Emerson Hospital as part of its community benefits program, is coordinated by Northeast Health Resources of Haverhill, Mass., a data collection and consulting firm specializing in teen surveys.

The survey is administered on a voluntary basis to more than 10,500 public school students in grades 6, 8 and 9 through 12 in nine school districts. These include Acton and Acton-Boxborough Regional Schools, Boxborough (grade 6 only), Concord and Concord-Carlisle Regional Schools, Groton-Dunstable Regional Schools, the Harvard Public Schools, the Littleton Public Schools, the Maynard Public Schools, the Nashoba Regional School District (Stow, Bolton and Lancaster) and the Westford Public Schools.

The Emerson Hospital Youth Risk Behavior Survey has been conducted bi-annually for the last 14 years. The Survey Committee, comprised of health educators from the respective school districts, revises the survey questions over time to reflect current topics.

The data is provided to health coordinators and top public school administrators and is used to set school health and health promotion goals, and support modifications of school health curricula or other programs. 

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Appendix to 2012 aggregate report