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Administration took place in Grade 7-12 classes in 50 of the 59 BC School Districts. Over 29 000 surveys were collected in 1,760 classrooms between February and June 2008. Northwest “I am happy to see a survey like this one. It’s about time questions were being asked. Now I am hoping to see some positive actions.” BC Youth Participant
Most students are doing well; nearly all 84% report good or excellent health Serious injuries have declined 18% of females, 7% of males did not get mental health services they needed At least half of youth did not eat the recommended servings of fruits or vegetables yesterday
www.mcs.bc.ca No change in physical activity: only 1 in 4 males, 1 in 10 females exercise every day Suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts are lower for the first time since 1992 More than 1 in 5 females, 1 in 10 males reported deliberate self-harm
www.mcs.bc.ca Far fewer youth smoke than a decade ago, and those who do started at older ages Alcohol and marijuana use lower Fewer students had ever used cocaine, amphetamines, or mushrooms, continuing declines since 1998 But use of some other drugs, including hallucinogens like LSD, rose
www.mcs.bc.ca Relationship violence is unchanged since 2003; 9% of males, 6% of females Pregnancy rates also stable, less than 2% Reversing trends in physical and sexual abuse, after declines since 1992 Protective factors can help even the most vulnerable youth overcome risks
www.mcs.bc.ca Most BC teens are doing well, and report healthier behaviours than students 10 years ago
Ethnic or Cultural background (Youth could mark all that apply) European66% Aboriginal/First Nations29% East Asian3% Latin/South/Central American3% South Asian3% Southeast Asian3% African2% Australian/Pacific Islander1% Other (excluding Canadian)1% Don’t know9%
www.mcs.bc.ca Who youth live with most of the time? (Youth could mark all that apply) Mother87% Father65% Stepfather8% Other adults related to me6% Stepmother3% Other adults not related to me 3% Do not live with any adults1%
84% reported good or excellent health, consistent with results for 2003 12% of youth reported a debilitating health condition or disability.
www.mcs.bc.ca 16% of youth did not get medical help when they felt they needed it.
www.mcs.bc.ca 38% of students were injured seriously enough in the past year to need medical attention.
www.mcs.bc.ca Injury Prevention 64% of youth always wore a seatbelt. 19% of students always wore a helmet while bike riding.
www.mcs.bc.ca What youth ate and drank yesterday No Yes, once Yes, twice or more Water8%23%68% Milk, cheese, yogurt10%35%56% Fruit19%39%42% Green salad or vegetables 26%47%28% Cookies, cake, donuts, chocolate bars 40%44%16% Pop/soda53%35%12% Pizza, hot dogs, potato chips, French fries 49%38%13% Hot or cold coffee or coffee-based drinks 72%19%9% Energy drinks86%10%4% At least 51% of youth fell short of the recommended daily portions of fruits and vegetables
Risk Factors for Suicide Attempts: Family or friend suicide attempts (19% vs. 4%) Sexual abuse (30% vs. 4%) Physical abuse (22% vs. 4%) Aboriginal ethnicity (14% vs. 5%) Health condition or disability (22% vs. 5%)
70% of youth never had sexual intercourse Most common reasons for not having sex: Waiting to meet the right person (53%) Not ready for sex (47%) Not wanting to get or cause a pregnancy (41%) Among those who had sex: Most commonly started at age 15 21% first had sex before age 14
Birth control method used last time youth had sex: Condoms: 66% Birth control pills: 43% Only withdrawal: 5% Emergency contraception: 6% 7% of sexually active students have been pregnant or caused a pregnancy
Internet Safety: 14% of students had been in contact with someone on the Internet who made them feel unsafe. 17% of students were cyber-bullied Relationship Violence: 9% of students reported that their boyfriend or girlfriend hit, slapped or hurt them in the past year. Discrimination: 19% of students experienced discrimination as a result of their physical appearance. 14% of students had been discriminated against because of race or skin colour 6% of students reported they had experienced discrimination because of their sexual orientation.
Having protective factors in their lives can promote health and reduce the negative effect of some risk behaviours. Protective factors in AHS School (e.g., school connectedness) Family (e.g., family connectedness) Community Connected to culture/ethnic group Youth engagement in activities Peer prosocial attitudes about risky behaviours Friends would disapprove of teen getting pregnant, getting drunk, beating someone up, etc.
84% of youth in this area reported that their health was good or excellent Seventy-eight percent of students rode a bicycle in the past year (above the provincial rate of 71%). However, only 19% always wore a bike helmet (below the provincial rate of 24%). Sixty-four percent of students in this area always wore a seatbelt when riding in a motor vehicle (increase from 47% in 2003)
www.mcs.bc.ca No change in injury rates in this area between 2003 and 2008 with 38% of students injured seriously enough to need medical attention (above provincial rate of 29%) Students in this area were more likely than students across the province to report dieting in the past year (35% vs. 31%) Suicidal ideation and attempts remained the same as 2003 rates
www.mcs.bc.ca Thirty-one percent of students had ever tried smoking (improvement from 41% in 2003) Local decrease in youth who had tried marijuana from 47% in 2003 to 40% in 2008 30% of male and female students reported ever having sexual intercourse and the same percentage reported having oral sex (both higher than provincial rates)
www.mcs.bc.ca The percentage of youth who reported physical or sexual abuse was similar to the local rates in 2003, but higher than the provincial rates. 25% of local students experienced either form of abuse and 7% had experience both types of abuse Compared to 2003, Northwest youth in 2008 were more likely to say their friends would be upset with them if they got arrested, were involved in a pregnancy, dropped out, or used marijuana, but were less likely to think their friends would be upset if they carried a weapon
www.mcs.bc.ca Provincial and 14 regional reports and power points Additional in-depth topic reports (e.g. substance use) Fact sheets on key topics ‘Next Steps’ workshops for youth and other youth resources
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