Youth Risk Behavior Survey shows positive, negative changes in Wisconsin high schoolers

A survey that looks at risky behaviors of high schoolers every two years shows good and bad changes in Wisconsin.

The 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Survey found many students are sleeping less, on their devices more, and are more likely to feel sad or hopeless.

On the other hand, a majority of students are passing their classes, feel like they belong, and have a supportive adult they can ask for help. Sexual activity, smoking, and alcohol and marijuana use are down as well.

Local school leaders say these results will help improve how they address student concerns.

“We leverage that information because it is student voices. It’s a very powerful tool for us to say, ‘Here’s some of the attitudes and behaviors that students are telling us are impacting them,” said La Crosse School District Associate Superintendent of Instruction Troy Harcey.

The Youth Risk Behavior Survey is a national survey the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducts every two years to help find risky behaviors among the nation’s high schoolers.