2009 New Mexico Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey (YRRS)
These reports contain county level middle and high school results from the 2009 New Mexico Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey (YRRS), a statewide survey of public school students. Statewide and county level results will be available at www.YouthRisk.org and www.health.state.nm.us/ERD/HealthData/yrrs.shtml. Together, these documents comprise a useful tool for those working on youth-related issues at the state and local level.
The YRRS is organized into two major content areas: risk behaviors and protective (resiliency) factors. Risk behaviors include behaviors associated with unintentional injury, violence, sadness and suicidal ideation, tobacco use, alcohol use, drug use, sexual activity, physical activity, and nutrition. Protective or resiliency factors are measures of the positive and supportive relationships, experiences, activities, resources and values that encourage healthy youth development. Resiliency factors and related traits include caring and supportive relationships in the family, school, community and with peers; boundaries set by the family and school; positive peer support; meaningful participation and constructive use of time in school and outside of school; and others.
Additionally, these reports include a section on academic measures and traits. These academic measures include getting good grades (mostly A's and B's), trying hard to do good work in school, planning to go to college, skipping or ditching school, coming to class with paper and something to write with, and completing homework.