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The 2016 Iowa Youth Survey is the 16th 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 84,703 validated records were received representing 83% of the public school districts and 15% 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 2016 survey questions. The selection of specific survey questions was, in part, based on experts’ suggestions as well as analysis of question and response data collected in previous Iowa Youth Surveys.
The 2016 reports contain a section with data combined for selected questions and presented in easy-to-read charts. Fifteen constructs within six 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 2016 data with the 2014, 2012, 2010, 2008, and 2005 youth survey data will be available in fall of 2017.