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Feb 9 -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) invites the general public and other Federal agencies to comment on a proposed information collection project titled 2025 and 2027 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS). CDC is requesting a three-year approval to reinstate, with changes, the data collection for the national YRBS, a biennially school-based survey of high school students in the United States. This project includes a validation study that will inform the development of questions for the 2027 YRBS questionnaire. CDC must receive written comments on or before April 9, 2024.

The purpose of this request is to obtain OMB approval to reinstate with change, the data collection for the National Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) (OMB Control No. 0920–0493), a school-based survey that has been conducted biennially since 1991. OMB approval for the 2021 YRBS and 2023 YRBS expired November 30, 2023. CDC seeks a three-year approval to conduct the YRBS in Spring 2025 and Spring 2027. Changes incorporated into this Reinstatement request include the addition of a validation study of fruit and vegetable intake, the results of which will be used to inform changes to the 2027 YRBS questionnaire. Additional changes include an updated title for the information collection to accurately reflect the years in which the survey will be conducted and minor changes to the data collection instrument.

The YRBS assesses priority health risk behaviors related to the major preventable causes of mortality, morbidity, and social problems among both youth and young adults in the United States. Data on health risk behaviors of adolescents are the focus of approximately 65 national health objectives in Healthy People 2030, an initiative of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The YRBS provides data to measure 14 Healthy People 2030 objectives. In addition, the YRBS can identify racial and ethnic disparities in health risk behaviors. No other national source of data measures as many of the Healthy People 2030 objectives addressing adolescent health risk behaviors as the YRBS. The data also will have significant implications for policy and program development for school health programs nationwide.

In Spring 2025 and Spring 2027, the YRBS will be conducted among nationally representative samples of students attending public and private schools in Grades 9–12, and in 2025, the validation study will be conducted among a convenience sample of schools and students. Information supporting the YRBS also will be collected from state-, district-, and school-level administrators and teachers.

Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS): https://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/data/yrbs/index.htm
Draft data collection instruments and technical documentation: https://www.dropbox.com/scl/fi/sk556vrsj5hf9u34f6zcn/redrafticrrequestnationalyouthriskbehaviorsurvey.zip?rlkey=pofsshn1kuvcvkehfncr0k5nb&dl=0
FRN: https://www.federalregister.gov/d/2024-02684

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