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Step 1: Select the years of data you would like included in the results table and graph. Keep in mind that not all questions were asked every year in the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS). To see which variables are available for which years consult our Availability table.

Step 2: The row variable is the independent variable and will be displayed down the table. To interpret the table you will be able to say “An estimated X% of [row variable] are [column variable].” For example if you select “What is your sex?” as the row variable and “ Past 12 months, times in a physical fight on school property?” as the column variable you will be able say “An estimated X% of males were in a physical fight on school property 2 or more times in the past 12 months.”

Part a: Select the topic in which you are interested. Use the bar along the side of the box to scroll through all the available topics. For this example, we chose demographics as the row topic.

Part b: Once you have selected a topic, variables that are categorized under that topic will be displayed in the second box. You must select (highlight) a variable in this box in order for the query to work even if there is only one variable available for a particular topic. For this example we chose “What is your sex?)” as the row variable.  

Display Missing: Check this box if you are interested in having the “Missing” responses included in the table.  It is always a good idea to include the “Missing” category the first time you run a table.  In this example, we chose not to include the missing responses.

Step 3: The column variable is the dependent variable and will be displayed across the table. To interpret the table you will be able to say “An estimated X% of [row variable] are [column variable].” For example if you select “What is your sex?” as the row variable and “Past 12 months, times in a physical fight on school property?” as the column variable you will be able to say “An estimated X% of males were in a physical fight on school property 2 or more times in the past 12 months.”

Part a: Select the topic in which you are interested. Use the bar along the side of the box to scroll through all the available topics. For this example we chose violence as the column topic.

Part b: Once you have selected a topic, variables that are categorized under that topic will be displayed in the second box. You must select (highlight) a variable in this box in order for the query to work even if there is only one variable available for a particular topic. For this example, we chose “past 12 months, times in a physical fight on school property?” as the column variable. 

Display Missing: Check this box if you are interested in having the “Missing” responses included in the table. It is always a good idea to include the “Missing” category the first time you run a table.  Here we chose to display the missing responses for “Past 12 months, times in a physical fight on school property?” 

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Step 4: Step 4 is optional. If you do not select anything all populations are included in the results. If you select a population here then the table will only display results for that population. For instance if you select ages 15 and younger, the results will be only for persons ages 15 and younger. Use the control key to make multiple selections or to deselect. You can subset by more than one population characteristic at a time. For instance you can obtain results just for Females ages 15 and younger.  In this example, we subset for ages 15 and younger. 

Step 5: Step 5 is optional. If you do not make any changes, population estimates will be displayed in the results.  The population estimate is the estimated number of Rhode Island public high school students (i.e., grades 9 through 12) per year who fall into a category.  In this example, we chose to display population estimates. 

If you are happy with your selections submit the query. If you would like to start over use the “Clear Form” button. 

 

 

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Confirmation Page: After you submit your query you will see a confirmation page.  Review this page to make sure that the row and column variables are correct, that there are data available for the years you requested, and that the subsetting criteria and additional statistics you selected are what you would like.  If you would like to have a graph included in the results check the box under “Choose Output”.  Here you can see that our row variable is “What is your sex?” and our column variable is “Past 12 months, times in a physical fight on school property?” and these data are available for all years and we selected data for 2005.  We also can see that we subsetted ages 15 years and younger, and that we chose to display population estimates, and we chose to display the Missing category for the column variable (i.e. physical fight).  We also chose to display a graph.  If you are happy with your selections you can submit the query.  If you would like to start over use the “Back” button.

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Results Page: When you submit your query you will see a table with the information you requested. The title will tell you what years of data are displayed and what, if any, subsetting criteria are used. Here we can see that we are looking at data for 2005, and for ages 15 years and younger.  For this example, we selected “During the past 12 months, how many times were you in a physical fight on school property?” as the column variable and ‘What is your sex?” as the row variable.  We therefore interpret the results as “In 2005, among public high school students (i.e., grades 9 through 12) ages 15 years and younger, an estimated 5.6% of males had been involved in a physical fight on school property 2 or more times with the past 12 months.” If we wanted to know what percentage of public high school students involved in a physical fight on school property were males, we would have to switch the row and column variables.  If you selected the graph option, as we did in this example, you will be able to view the graph by scrolling down the page.

Note that we have a ‘Missing” category for “during the past 12 months, how many times were you in a physical fight on school property?”.  Results from this table will only match another analysis where a “Missing” category for this variable was also included. 

Here are some statements that we can make from this table:

        Among public high school students age 15 years and younger statewide, an estimated 535 males or 5.6% of males were involved in a physical fight on school property 2 or more times in the past twelve months.

        Among public high school students age 15 years and younger statewide, an estimated 8,985 females or 91.0% of females were involved in a physical fight on school property 0 times in the past 12 months in 2003 and 2005 combined. 

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Again, we can interpret the graph as “Among public high school students age 15 years and younger statewide, an estimated 5.6% of males were involved in a physical fight on school property 2 or more times in 2005.”

Downloading Results: To download results from the table to a comma separated value file use the "CSV" button. To download directly to an excel file use the "Excel" button. Note that when you download directly to an excel file you also download the title and footnote information. This information is lost when downloading to a csv file. To download to a Rich Text Format file use the "RTF" button. Downloading to Rich Text Format will preserve the table and the graph as well as all title and footnote information. Tables and graphs stored in Rich Text Format can be opened as a Word document and copied and pasted directly into PowerPoint presentations.

Graphs can also be copied and pasted into PowerPoint and Word documents by right clicking on the graph and then pasting into the desired document.

We are always interested in your feedback. Questions and comments can be sent to Annie Gjelsvik