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California Healthy Kids Survey 2015/16

May 29, 2017 10:12 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

What is CHKS?

“The California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) is an anonymous, confidential survey of youth resiliency, protective factors, and risk behaviors. It is administered to students at grades five, seven, nine, and eleven. It enables schools and communities to collect and analyze data regarding local youth health risks and behaviors, school connectedness, protective factors, and school violence. The CHKS is part of a comprehensive data-driven decision-making process on improving school climate and student learning environment for overall school improvements.”

That said, here are the substantial trends noted from last year’s California Healthy Kids Survey and it looks like Ventura County is doing something right! There’s a decline in most substance use though it should be noted that Hispanic students report feeling less safe at school and less connected to their schools than their white classmates.

Alcohol

  • Lifetime alcohol use by ninth and eleventh graders has declined by 20 percentage points over the past eight years.
  • Binge drinking by eleventh graders has declined by 12 percentage points over the past eight years.

Tobacco

  • Lifetime cigarette use by ninth graders has declined by 13 percentage points over the past eight years.
  • Lifetime cigarette use by eleventh graders has declined by 18 percentage points over the past eight years.
  • 25 percent of ninth graders report having used an e-cigarette, which is down three percentage points from two years earlier.
  • 37 percent of eleventh graders report having used an e-cigarette, which is up one percentage points from two years earlier.

Marijuana

  • Lifetime marijuana use by ninth graders has declined by 12 percentage points over the past four years.
  • Lifetime marijuana use by eleventh graders has declined by nine percentage points over the past four years.
  • Marijuana use among ninth and eleventh graders is increasing statewide, but declining in Ventura County.

Bullying and Sexual Harassment

  • Bullying is declining for seventh, ninth and eleventh graders.
  • More male students than female students say they have been bullied.
  • More white students than Hispanic students say they have been sexually harassed.

School Safety

  • The percentage of students who say they feel safe at school is increasing for seventh graders but declining for eleventh graders.
  • White female students feel the safest at school and Hispanic male students feel the least safe.

School Connectedness

  • The percentage of students feeling connected to their school has increased since 2006.
  • Hispanic students feel less connected to their schools than white students.
  • The percentage of students who feel adults at school care about them is increasing for seventh graders but declining for eleventh graders.

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