The 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) was completed by 1357 students in 26 public high schools in San Diego during the spring of 2013. The school response rate was 100%, the student response rate was 90%, and the overall response rate was 90%. The results are representative of all students in grades 9-12.
The weighted demographic characteristics of the sample are as follows:
|Female||48.9%||9th grade||28.3%||Asian/ Filipino||15.1%|
| 11th grade||23.1%||Hispanic/ Latino||42.7%|
| 12th grade||22.6%||White*||23.7%|
|Other||0.6%||All other races||1.3%|
Students completed a self-administered, anonymous, 99-item questionnaire. Survey procedures were designed to protect the privacy of students by allowing for anonymous and voluntary participation. Local parental permission procedures were followed before survey administration.
The YRBS is one component of the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in collaboration with representatives from state and local departments of education and health, other federal agencies, and national education and health organizations. The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System was designed to focus the nation on behaviors among youth related to the leading causes of mortality and morbidity among both youth and adults and to assess how these risk behaviors change over time. The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System measures behaviors that fall into six categories: