Survey and Agency

Relevant Information Collected

Design and Comments


CAPI = computer-assisted personal interview

ACASI = audio computer-assisted self-interview

CDISC = computerized diagnostic interview schedule for children


Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS)

Agency: National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (CDC)

Covers tobacco use, unhealthy dietary behaviors, inadequate physical activity, alcohol and other drug use, sexual behaviors that contribute to unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV infection, behaviors that contribute to unintentional injuries and violence. No MEB disorders included.

Since 1990, monitors health risk behaviors using self-report questionnaires administered in school.

National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH)

Agency: Office of Applied Studies, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Designed to produce drug and alcohol use incidence and prevalence estimates and report the consequences and patterns of use and abuse in the general U.S. civilian population ages 12 and older. Since 1994, questions added on mental health and access to care. Treatment for youth ages 12-17 is defined as receiving treatment or counseling for problems with behaviors or emotions from specific mental health or other health professionals in school, home, or from other outpatient or inpatient settings in the past year.

A module on lifetime and past year prevalence of major depressive episode (MDE), severity of the MDE as measured by role impairments, and treatment for depression was administered to adults ages 18 or older and youth ages 12-17, from 2004 to 2006; 8.5% of youth had an episode of MDE in the past 12 months (see

Running since 1988 (formerly National Household Survey on Drug Abuse). Extensive data on drug use, including age at first use, lifetime, annual, and past-month usage for alcohol, marijuana, cocaine (including crack), hallucinogens, heroin, inhalants, tobacco, pain relievers, tranquilizers, stimulants, and sedatives; substance abuse treatment history and DSM-IV diagnoses.

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