Student depression by age group and gender

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Definitions: Percent of students who reported they felt so sad or hopeless almost every day for two weeks or more in a row during the past 12 months that they stopped doing some usual activities.

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). This question was not asked on the middle school survey in 2011.