Arrowhead Union High School District

Youth Risk Behavior Survey 2015-2016 Summary for Arrowhead High School

 

Description of YRBS: The Wisconsin Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) is conducted as part of a national effort by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to monitor health risk behaviors of the nation’s high school students. However schools can also choose to conduct a survey of their choosing in order to inform decision-making at the local level. Arrowhead first conducted the survey in December of 2011 with Freshman and Sophomore students, then expanded it to an all school survey during the 2013-2014 school year.  

 

The Youth Risk Behavior Survey conducted at Arrowhead included questions about positive assets, violence, alcohol and drug use, and sexual behavior. Families were informed of the survey through a Skylert message and were given the opportunity to opt their son/daughter out of taking the survey. Families who requested more information were provided the information, including copies of the questions being asked, as part of informed choice.

 

In November of 2015, over a two day period, students were asked to take the survey in computer labs during their study halls. Once in the labs, students sat at every other computer to ensure privacy. They were read a brief statement of what they would be doing and were told that they did not need to take the survey or answer certain questions on the survey if they so desired. 1472 students participated in the survey with equal representation from all grades. The developers of the survey state that for a school of Arrowhead’s size, 1472 students is statistically sufficient with our sampling procedure to suggest that results are representative of all students.

 

Below is the data from this year’s survey. Some data includes information pertaining to whether Arrowhead students are engaging in certain behaviors more or less than most students in the state. Some trend data is available at this time, however, it is important to remember that student populations change over time which can account for some variance in the survey data.

 

Current prevention & intervention activities (related to risky behaviors) at Arrowhead High School:

 

  • All 9th or 10th graders take one full semester of Health class

  • The Arrowhead Way specifically teaches students to Be Appropriate, Be Respectful, and Be Responsible and provides feedback on whether or not they are demonstrating these expectations

  • Teen Intervene/Brief Motivational Therapy Group - an opportunity for students at-risk of AODA to learn and discuss the impacts their choices may have on their future

  • Supportive counseling through School Counselors & School Psychologists

  • Annual Pill Drop

  • “Stairway to Heroin” – The Arrowhead Community’s Commitment to Keep Youth Free from Alcohol and Drug Abuse including a presentation by Robert Stutman & a comprehensive program to drug prevention (February, 2015)

  • Strong co-curricular activity program to help students stay productive, healthy, and connected

 

Summary of Responses Table

 

**Comparisons were made where possible, some data was not able to be compared at AHS across years or to state and national levels due to the Center for Disease Control either changing or not asking certain questions to a wide sample of adolescents**

 

Background &

Wisconsin Highlights

Arrowhead Highlights

Assets: Positive influences have been described as assets.  These assets have the power to protect youth from risk behaviors as well as promote healthy behaviors.  Historically, Wisconsin high school students have reported high levels of assets.  

 

Over the last decade, Wisconsin students who reported having strong family and teacher support and felt connected to their schools were less likely to engage in risky behaviors, including physical fights, carrying a weapon, using tobacco and marijuana, drinking alcohol, and having sex.

 

A strong partnership between Arrowhead and home can help protect students from making poor decisions.

 

Students who reported that they feel like they belong in school

AHS 2015-2016

AHS 2013-2014

AHS 2011-2012

76%

76%

77%

 

Students who reported that they feel like they have one adult in their school that they can talk to if they have a problem

AHS 2015-2016

AHS 2013-2014

AHS 2011-2012

62%

65%

61%


 

Weapons & Violence: A majority of Wisconsin high school students report feeling safe at school and they report fewer incidents of violence at school than not at school.  However, a significant number of students (state-wide) report being harassed and bullied while at school, and violence is an issue of concern for many high school students.

 

Feeling comfortable in the environment is essential to learning at a high level. Students who do not feel comfortable for fear of harassment should be encouraged to let an adult know.

 

Research on bullying has demonstrated that there is a significant bystander effect to bullying. This means if those witnessing an incident of bullying or harassment state to the perpetrator that the bullying or harassment is not condoned by the group the perpetrator will likely stop. However, if there is encouragement (usually laughter or acceptance) the perpetrator will continue.

 

The expectations of Be Appropriate. Be Respectful. Be Responsible and the culture of One Team teaches and encourages students to not condone harassment or bullying.

 

Students who reported feeling rarely or never safe from harm when at school

AHS 2015-2016

AHS 2013-2014

6.4%

5.8%

 

Students who reported being forced, either verbally or physically, to take part in sexual activity

AHS 2015-2016

AHS 2013-2014

7% Females

3.1% Males

7.5% Females

3.4% Males

 

Students reported being bullied on school property.*

2015-2016

2013-2014

Wisconsin

U.S

18.8%

17%

22.7%

19.6%

 

 

Students who reported being electronically bullied anywhere*

AHS 2015-2016

AHS 2013-2014

Wisconsin

U.S.

16%

13.3%

17.6%

14.8%

 

Students who agree that harassment and bullying is a problem at their school.

AHS 2015-2016

AHS 2013-2014

31.5%

34.1%


 

Alcohol: In 2013, a large percentage of Wisconsin students reported drinking alcohol.  The percentage of students reporting binge drinking (five or more drinks of alcohol in a row) in Wisconsin is now higher than many states.

 

The brain of an adolescent is slower at making decisions than that of a 21-year. The intake of alcohol can further slow the decision-making process leading to a snowball effect of making poor-decisions.

 

Student who are engaged in their academics and after school activities will be less likely to engage in drinking alcohol. Like-wise, students who have a peer group that does not drink will be less likely to do so.

 

It appears that the overwhelming majority of parents at Arrowhead do not condone underage drinking. To continue to build on this culture get to know your parents for your child’s friends so that you have a network of trusted house for your child to be at.

 

Students who reported having drank alcohol in the past 30 days

AHS 2015-2016

AHS 2013-2014

Wisconsin

U.S.

24.3%

26.1%

32.7%

34.9%

 

Students who reported binge drinking (5 or more drinks in a row) in the past 30 days

AHS 2015-2016

AHS 2013-2014

Wisconsin

U.S.

13.4%

16%

18.4%

20.8%

 

Students who report that their parents would think it is wrong for them to drink alcohol

AHS 2015-2016

AHS 2013-2014

89.8%

71.2%



 

Marijuana: In the state of Wisconsin, the prevalence of marijuana use has decreased between the years 1999-2013.  Students who reported using marijuana at least once in their life decreased significantly from 39% in 1999 to 31% in 2013.  One out of six students reported using marijuana one or more times in the past 30 days (17%).

 

Marijuana is steadily becoming more legal in the US, however, like tobacco and alcohol it has negative effects. Studies have demonstrated that greater use of marijuana leads to a decrease in ability to sustain attention on difficult tasks even after a person stops using the drug.


 
 

Students who reported having used marijuana at least once in their life

AHS 2015-2016

AHS 2013-2014

Wisconsin

U.S.

19.6%

24.4%

31.2%

40.7%



 

Students who reported having used marijuana within the past 30 days

AHS 2015-2016

AHS 2013-2014

Wisconsin

U.S.

8.8%

13.6%

17.3%

23.4%


 

Other Drugs: Between 1999 and 2013, the percentage of students who reported being offered, sold, or given an illegal drug on school property during the past 12 months decreased significantly from 29% to 18%.  

 

Taking prescription drugs to get high is a troubling trend amongst teens, especially since tend not to know what they are putting in the bodies.

 

Keeping medications locked or hidden from your child, as well as, discarding unused medication at a pill drop can help prevent use by your child.

 

If you suspect that your child has begun to take prescription drugs without a prescription get them help immediately as the road to recovery will be longer the longer you wait.

 

Students who reported using any form of cocaine, including powder, crack, or freebase at least once in their life

AHS 2015-2016

AHS 2013-2014

Wisconsin

U.S.

3.5%

 

4.3%

5.5%

 

Students who reported taking prescription drugs (Oxycontin, Percocet, Vicodin, codeine, Adderall, Ritalin, or Xanax) without a doctor’s prescription at least once in their life

AHS 2015-2016

AHS 2013-2014

Wisconsin

U.S.

10.3%

11.7%

14.9%

17.8%

 

Students who reported having been offered, sold, or given an illegal drug on school property during the last 12 months

AHS 2015-2016

AHS 2013-2014

Wisconsin

U.S.

8.5%

13.6%

18.3%

22.1%

Sexual Behaviors: Many of the risky sexual behaviors reported by high school students on the YRBS have decreased significantly since 1993.  However, a significant percentage of students are still engaging in risky sexual behaviors and putting themselves at risk for negative health outcomes.

 

Students who reported having had sexual intercourse in their life

AHS 2015-2016

AHS 2013-2014

Wisconsin

U.S.

19.4%

23.2%

35.3%

46.8%