Student sexual activity

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Definitions: Percent of students in grades 9-12 who reported ever having sexual intercourse

Data Source: Vermont Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS). 

Footnotes: The Vermont Youth Risk Behavior Survey is a biennial, voluntary survey of students attending middle and high schools in Vermont.  The survey seeks to monitor trends in student health and risk behaviors.  The indicators as a whole reflect a broad definition of youth well-being.  Not only do the indicators monitor behaviors associated with negative health and psychological outcomes, but they also measure "developmental assets" - internal resources and skills, as well as community, school, and other institutional supports.  These assets foster the development of thriving young adults. 

IMPORTANT NOTE: Prior to 2011, the survey was completed by students in grades 8-12.  In 2011, the survey split into a high school survey (students in grades 9-12) and a middle school survey (students in grades 6-8).  The data here represents students in grades 9-12 only who completed the survey and has been recalculated for years prior to 2011 to account for this change. 

State-level data for 1993-2013 is from the 2013 Full Statewide Report.  State-level percentages for years prior to 2013 were recalculated in 2013 and will differ from previously published percentages.  For more information, please see the YRBS information on the Vermont Department of Health's website.