SERAC Youth Survey Regional Summary Report 2010-2011

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In this report we summarize the findings of youth surveys administered to nearly 6000 youth in grades 7-12 in 12 Southeastern Connecticut communities in 2010 and 2011. The surveys were administered by Southeastern Regional Action Council and or Quantitative Services in collaboration with local schools and organizations. Comprehensive reports detailing all findings for individual communities are available upon request. The survey instruments used were derived from the Connecticut Governor’s Prevention Initiative for Youth (GPIY) survey [1], given by the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) and UConn Health Center in 2000 in 16 towns and 3 regional districts across the state. The objective of these surveys is to ascertain prevalence, attitudes and behaviors related to use of substances (tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs), including the reasoning of youth who do or do not use substances. We gratefully acknowledge refinements to the original survey, made by coalitions and health professionals throughout Connecticut specifically, East of the River Action for Substance-Abuse Elimination and Archie C. Swindell, Ph.D. of Quantitative Services. The modifications reflect changes in questions related to illegal substances and gambling behaviors, and the addition of questions related to bullying and other risk taking behaviors.

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