About This Site
AskHYS.net is an online system designed to help you access, analyze and disseminate HYS data. State and county-level HYS data are available to everyone. Individuals with a professional interest in adolescent health and safety who would like access to school district and building level data must contact school districts directly for special permission. The system will suppress any data that have the potential to compromise participating students' anonymity. Results include data from 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014.
AskHYS.net provides health and safety results in the following formats:
- Fact Sheets: A set of 1 to 2 page, pre-formatted documents on various youth health and safety topics such as alcohol use, weight and obesity, violent behaviors and school safety, and marijuana use. Each fact sheet contains multi-year trend data and some state comparisons.
- Frequency Reports: An archive of 32-53 page frequency reports covering all of the questions asked on the survey based on different reporting categories such as counties, planning areas or special populations. In addition, statewide analytic reports with survey information and trend results are posted.
- Q x Q Analysis: An interactive data query system. The Q x Q system allows users to run analyses and produce results that answer questions they have about adolescent student behaviors.
AskHYS.net includes contact information for members of the Joint Survey Planning Committee who oversee the development and implementation of HYS. Links to relevant web sites are also provided.
About the Healthy Youth Survey (HYS)
The Washington State Healthy Youth Survey (HYS) is an effort to measure health risk behaviors that contribute to morbidity, mortality, and social problems among youth in Washington State. These behaviors include alcohol, marijuana, tobacco and other drug use; behaviors that result in intentional and unintentional injuries (e.g., violence); dietary behaviors and physical activity; mental health; school climate; and related risk and protective factors. The 2014 administration was the fourteenth such statewide survey of Washington students and participation has been steadily increasing over time. In 2014, over 220,000 students from all 39 counties participated in HYS.
The HYS is designed to accomplish multiple goals:
- To deliver crucial information about the prevalence of major adolescent health risk behaviors to parents, the public, school officials, public health professionals, human service agencies and policymakers.
- To identify trends and patterns in adolescent health status and risky behaviors, supporting the examination and evaluation of many different prevention, safety and health promotion initiatives.
- To guide policy formation and improve program needs assessments of state agencies, local health jurisdictions, county prevention coordinators, community mobilization coalitions, and community public health and safety networks that serve youth.
The survey also produces an analytic dataset for use by behavioral and public health researchers, and provides data to various community stakeholders for use in federal, state, local or private agency grant applications.
The 2014 Healthy Youth Survey represents a collaborative effort of the Department of Health (DOH), the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), the Department of Social and Health Services' Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery (DBHR), Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB), and the Department of Commerce, and the contractor, Looking Glass Analytics.
Representatives of these agencies serve as members on the Healthy Youth Survey Planning Committee, which guides every aspect of the survey development and implementation. In addition, stakeholders such as University of Washington and Washington State researchers, local health jurisdictions, educational agencies, and other local partners provide valuable input into the development and administration of the survey.
The questionnaire includes items about demographics; alcohol, marijuana, tobacco and other drug use; health concerns (nutrition and fitness, health conditions and health care, behaviors related to intentional/unintentional injuries, mental health); school climate; quality of life; and risk and protective factors (community, school, peer and individual, and family). Enhanced forms of the survey include questions about sexual orientation, behavior and abuse. Schools can request enhanced forms when they register for the survey.
There are four versions of the survey:
- Form A/A-enhanced and B/B-enhanced are for 8th, 10th and 12th graders. Two versions, A and B are administered so that a greater number of questions can be asked in the limited time allotted (one class period). Certain core items are included on both versions. Both versions are administered in every participating secondary classroom, with alternating students receiving Form A or either Form B.
- Form A-enhanced is available for schools who wish to ask an optional sexual orientation question. Form B-enhanced is available for schools who wish to ask the 4 optional sexual behavior questions and 2 sexual abuse questions. When schools register for the survey, they can choose to receive the Form A-enhanced and/or Form B-enhanced versions instead of the standard Form A and/or B.
- Form C is for 6th graders. It is shorter and less detailed; it covers topics from both secondary versions.
The survey is available in Spanish. Students read a translated questionnaire but respond on the English-language answer sheet to preserve anonymity. Spanish-language survey materials and administration instructions are sent to all participating schools.
Questions on the survey have changed over time:
- Changes from 2004 to 2006 (PDF)
- Changes from 2006 to 2008 (PDF)
- Changes from 2008 to 2010 (PDF)
- Changes from 2010 to 2012 (PDF)
- Changes from 2012 to 2014 (PDF)
The questionnaire items were derived primarily from four established surveys that have been used throughout the United States—some for more than 25 years. Each of these surveys has been subjected to scientific research regarding reliability and validity and has been field tested extensively.
- Communities that Care : developed by Social Development Research Group, University of Washington
- Monitoring the Future : developed by Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan
- Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System : developed by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Global Youth Tobacco Survey : developed by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention