Healthy Youth Survey
Healthy Youth Survey

About This Site

HYS Results is an online system designed to help you access, analyze and disseminate HYS data. State and county-level HYS data is 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 permissions. The system will suppress any data that has the potential to compromise participating students' anonymity. Results include data from 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2012:

  • Fact Sheets: a set of 1-page, pre-formatted reports on various adolescent behavior topic areas such as, alcohol use, bullying, and diet. Each report contains trended and some state comparisons.
  • Reports: an archive of 33-57 page frequency reports for all of the questions asked on the survey. Also includes statewide analytic reports with survey information and trend results.
  • Q x Q Analysis: an interactive data query system. The Q x Q allow users run analysis and produce results that answer questions they have about adolescent student behaviors.

Upcoming Surveys 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.

Resources 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 Healthy Youth Survey is Washington State's school based survey that measures health risk behaviors that contribute to morbidity, mortality, and social problems among youth. These behaviors include alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use, behaviors that result in unintentional and intentional injuries (e.g., violence), dietary behaviors, physical activity, and related risk and protective factors. The 2010 administration was the twelfth statewide survey of Washington's students. Participation in the survey has been steadily increasing over time. In 2012, over 200,000 6th, 8th, 10th and 12th grade students from all 39 counties in Washington State participate in HYS.

The survey results are an important source of needs-assessment data for school districts, community-based organizations, local health and human service agencies, and state agencies. The results are used to monitor the health status of adolescents and track progress on state and federal education and health-related goals. The information from the Healthy Youth Survey may be used to identify trends in patterns of behavior over time. State-level results may also be used to compare national and other state-level results. State agencies, local health jurisdictions, county prevention coordinators, community mobilization coalitions, community public health and safety networks, and others use this information to guide policies and programs that serve youth.

Statewide Support

The 2010 Healthy Youth Survey represents a collaborative effort among 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), the Department of Commerce (Commerce), the Family Policy Council (FPC), the Liquor Control Board (LCB), and contractors, Looking Glass Analytics and Rainier Theory.

Representatives of these agencies serve as members on the Joint Survey Planning Committee (JSPC), which guides every aspect of the survey development and implementation. In addition, staff from the University of Washington's Social Development Research Group (SDRG) provide consultation on the risk and protective factors assessment portion of the survey. Local health jurisdictions, educational agencies, and other local partners provide valuable input into the development and administration of the survey.

Survey Content

The questionnaire includes items about demographics, alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use, other health concerns (nutrition and fitness, health conditions and health care, safety, behaviors related to intentional/unintentional injuries, depression), school climate, quality of life, and risk and protective factors (community, school, peer and individual, family). One form of the survey includes questions about sexual behavior. These and other sensitive questions are included on a perforated page that schools can remove prior to administering the survey.

There are three versions of the survey:

  • Form A and B are for 8th, 10th and 12th graders. Two versions 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 NS is available for schools who wish not to ask the 4 optional sexual behavior questions on Form B. When schools register for the survey, they can choose to receive the NS version instead of B.
  • Form C is for 6th graders. It is shorter and less detailed; it covers topics from both secondary versions.

All versions include a perforated page containing potentially sensitive items that schools can remove prior to the survey administration.

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:

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.

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HYS Toll-Free Telephone Number: (877) 497-7111
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