TABLE 8–1 Youth Development Outcomes and Social Settings Measures in Administrative Data and Community Surveys


Community Administrative Data

Profiles of Student Life: Attitudes and Behaviors (PSL-AB)

Student Survey of Risk and Protective Factors, and Prevalence of Alcohol, Tobacco, & Other Drug Use (SSRP)

Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS)

Youth Outcomes


Cognitive development

School grades; standardized test scores/assessments; high school dropout or completion rates

Achievement motivation; school engagement; time doing homework; reads for pleasure

Academic achievement; school engagement


Psychological development


Moral character (caring, social justice, integrity, honesty); self-efficacy; self-esteem; mattering; positive outlook; depression; attempted suicide

Moral character (attitudes toward negative behaviors, drug use); honesty with parents; depression

Sad/depressed; attempted suicide, suicide ideation; vomit or take laxatives to keep from gaining weight

Emotional development


Takes personal responsibility; plans ahead; makes choices



Social development

Participation rates in school clubs, organizations, and

Volunteer/service activities; participation in creative

Skills negotiating with parents; peer pressure

Hours watching TV

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