The Youth Risk Behavior Survey is an effective tool in surveillance of youth risk behaviors. Since 1991, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have been a rich source of support for implementing the YRBS. CDC provides sample surveys, nation-wide data for comparison purposes, and many other resources designed for successful implementation of a YRBS. CDC YRBS have some limitations and implementing their versions of the surveys might be problematic for some communities so it is common to see customization of the CDC YRBS. This paper highlights a brief history of the YRBS, mobilizing the community for input into the YRBS and examples of questions for customizing YRBS.



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