Youth Risk Behavior Survey 2021

By Jenna Michaels

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, in collaboration with the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), conducts biennial surveys of public middle and high school students to track progress in efforts to reduce health risk behaviors among youth. The Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), which is typically conducted in the spring of odd numbered years, was postponed until the fall of 2021 due to COVID-19 disruptions earlier in the year.

This report summarizes key findings from the 2021 high school YRBS including results from previous years that demonstrate changes over time. Previous years of YRBS data may be found on the CDC website. Previous reports of Missouri YRBS data may be found here.