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2012 Reports

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The 2012 Iowa Youth Survey is the 14th in a series of youth surveys that have been completed every three years between 1975 and 2008. In 2008, the Legislative Code changed the administration of the survey to a two year cycle. Participation was sought from all public and non-public schools in the state. Students in the 6th, 8th, and 11th grades answered questions about their attitudes and experiences regarding substance abuse and violence, and their perceptions of their peers, family, school and neighborhood/community environments. A total of 70,770 validated records were received representing 73% of the public school districts and 12% of the non-public schools in the state.

A committee of youth development professionals was designated by IDPH to review and make recommendations regarding the 2012 survey questions. The selection of specific survey questions was based on analysis of question and response data collected in previous Iowa Youth Surveys. Approximately three-quarters of the questions and response options from the 2010 IYS were utilized with little or no modification; twenty-seven questions from the 2010 IYS were eliminated, thirty questions from IYS 2010 were significantly changed, and twenty-four new questions were added. Changes made to the 2012 IYS questions were made to elicit additional, more detailed information on suicide, feelings about the school environment, and supportive peer environments.

In 2012 in an effort to reduce the amount of time it takes younger students to complete the IYS, modifications were made to the structure of the survey without changing the content. Skip questions were added for alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana use, as well as gambling and suicidal ideations. This change, if all skip outs are selected, would reduce the survey length by 34 questions. When a “no” response to a skip question is selected, all questions corresponding to this section are classified with null responses (NO, Never, etc.) as well.

The 2012 reports contain a section with data combined for selected questions and presented in easy-to-read charts. Twenty-six constructs within nine framework domains are included with breakdowns by grade and gender.

Reports are available in the following categories: State of Iowa, Counties, Judicial Districts, the Department of Public Health's Substance Abuse Prevention Service Areas, and Area Education Association areas. A Trend Report comparing 2012 data with the 2010,2008, 2005, and 2002 youth survey data is also available in fall of 2012. Decat Clusters, Substance Abuse Treatment Managed Care Plans and DHS Region Reports were not compiled for 2008 or 2010 due to budget constraints.