Youth Development Survey Results
Below are results from the Youth Development Survey conducted in Fall 2016. The survey was designed to measure the levels of youth problem behaviors, such as substance use and underage drinking as well as bullying and sexting. This survey was completed on-line by 2,330 students (anonymously) in grades 7 through 12 for an overall response rate of 90%. An equal number of males and females participated.
Dr. Eve Waltermaurer, Ph.D, of SUNY New Paltz and a consultant with the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services Epidemiology Unit summarized the findings from survey. A few areas that she highlighted included the use of alcohol, drug and tobacco abuse as well as anti-social behavior.
The importance of this survey is to promote healthy youth development and to address the underlying factors of substance abuse and problem behaviors so they can be improved upon by programs and strategies.