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Projects focusing on Delaware Youth

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Delaware Youth Risk Behavior Surveys (YRBS)

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  • Steven S. Martin, Principal Investigator
  • Sharon Merriman-Nai, Co-Investigator
  • Roberta Gealt, Senior Consultant
  • Katherine Ware, Project Manager
  • Jim Highberger, Data Manager
  • Luye Li, Kai Lin, Graduate Research Assistants
  • Initiation date: 1999; Funding Source: High School Survey--Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Adolescent and School Health through the Delaware Department; Middle School Survey—Nemours Health Prevention Services

This project supports the public school administration of the Delaware Youth Risk Behavior Survey of high school students, based on the CDC survey administered in 39 states in 2007. This survey has been administered every other year in odd-numbered years to a random and representative sample. The Center develops the Delaware version of the survey with input from state and community agencies and approval of the Delaware Safe and Drug Free Schools Committee and a review committee conducted by the Delaware Department of Education. The study reports data comparable to other Center studies on substance abuse, but also provides the only statewide youth data on health, diet, and sexual activity, as well as some comparability to other states findings published by the CDC in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.​

More information is available on past YRBS Reports and Surveys. 

Delaware Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Abuse Survey (Delaware School Survey)
  • ​Roberta Gealt, Senior Consultant
  • Sharon Merriman-Nai, Principal Investigator
  • Steven S. Martin, Co-Investigator
  • Katherine Ware, Project Manager
  • Jim Highberger, Data Manager
  • Luye Li, Kai Lin, Graduate Research Assistants
  • Initiation date: 1995; Funding Source: Delaware Health Fund, Delaware Department of Health and Social Services Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services through the federal SAPT Block Grant

This annual survey of substance use, delinquency and risk and protective factors is administered to public school 5th, 8th, and 11th graders. It began in 1989 as a survey conducted by the Delaware Department of Education and has been conducted by the Center since 1995, first with support from the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention under support from CSAP evaluation contracts. The survey is developed by CDHS with input from State and community agencies, scanned, analyzed, tabulated and disseminated. The data provide a sample adequate to provide for analyses at the levels of Statewide Planning Area, School District, School (for large schools) and zip code.

More information is available on the past DSS Reports and Surveys.​

Delaware Youth Tobacco Survey Administration and Analysis (YTS)
  • Roberta Gealt, Principal Investigator 
  • Steven S. Martin, Co-Investigator
  • Katherine Ware, Project Manager
  • Initiation date: 2000; Funding Source: Delaware Department of Health and Social Services Department of Public Health
  • 2008 Report: YTS 2008 Report.pdf

This project is the Delaware public school administration of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Youth Tobacco Survey of middle and high school students. This survey has been administered every other year in even numbered years to a random and representative sample of both middle and high school students in most states. The study reports data comparable to other Center studies on tobacco use and abuse, but it also provides the only statewide youth data on attitudes toward tobacco, tobacco marketing, and access to tobacco by youth.

More information is available on past YTS Reports and Surveys. 

Including Youth with Disabilities in the Youth Tobacco Survey
  • Steven S. Martin, Principal Investigator
  • Eileen Sparling, Co-Principal Investigator
  • Elizabeth Dubravcic, Co-Investigator
  • Roberta Gealt, Senior Consultant
  • Mia Papas, Project Mentor
  • Initiation date: 2014; Funding Source: ACCEL-ACE

Statewide surveys routinely monitor the prevalence of health risk behaviors and inform prevention interventions.  Current youth sampling protocols include public middle and high school students in regular, graded classrooms with fewer than 50% students with special educational needs.  This project, Including Youth with Disabilities in the Youth Tobacco Survey (YTS) seeks to develop an accommodation protocol that will allow school health surveys to be conducted among students in special education classrooms and schools.  The project will be guided by an Advisory Panel representing communities of students with disabilities, parents, teachers, school administrators, health professionals and staff from federal and state partner agencies.  Key informant interviews, classroom observation and focus groups will be used to identify potential barriers and accommodations.  New disability screening questions will be added to Delaware’s YTS and field-tested along with the new protocol.  This project involves the University of Delaware’s Center for Disabilities Studies, Center for Drug and Health Studies and the State of Delaware’s Division of Public Health, and is funded and supported by ACCEL-ACE. ​

Delaware School Health Profiles
  • ​Sharon Merriman-Nai, Principal Investigator
  • Roberta Gealt, Senior Consultant
  • Katherine Ware, Project Manager
  • Jim Highberger, Data Manager
  • Initiated: 2004; Funding Source: Secondary School Survey--Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Adolescent and School Health through the Delaware Department of Education; Elementary School Survey— Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Adolescent and School Health through the Delaware Department of Education and Nemours Health Prevention Services.
  • 2014 School Health Profile Report.pdf and2014 DE School Health Profiles Trend Report.pdf 

The School Health Profiles (Profiles) is a system of surveys assessing school health policies and practices in states, large urban school districts, territories, and tribal governments. Profiles are completed biennially by middle and high school principals and lead health education teachers. The secondary school survey has been administered every other year in even-numbered years. The Center develops the Delaware version of the survey, based on a CDC survey, with input from state and community agencies. The study reports data which relates to other Center studies on substance abuse, and provides statewide data on health instruction, policies and practice in schools, as well as professional development for health instructors in specific areas relating to CDC priorities also addressed in the student survey, the Youth Risk Behavior Survey. The secondary school survey has been conducted since 2004 and the elementary survey, which is administered to principals only, was administered for the first time in 2010. These surveys are now conducted electronically. The basic CDC elementary school survey has been enhanced with additional questions consistent with the goals of Nemours.

College Risk Behaviors Study (CRBS)
  • Steven S. Martin, Principal Investigator 
  • Roberta E. Gealt, Co-Principal Investigator and Project Director 
  • Daniel J. O’Connell, Co-Principal Investigator 
  • Whitney D. Gunter, Western Michigan University, Consultant
  • Initiated: 2008; Funding Source: Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Delaware Gambling Council 
  • 2017 Report: CRBS 2017 Report.pdf

This is a study of full-time undergraduate students at the University of Delaware Newark campus. The online survey instrument used in the study asked students about alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use, as well as sexual behaviors and risky behaviors. It also asked about related antecedents and consequences, such as depression and suicidal thoughts and actions. Additional topics on the survey included gambling, deviance/crimes, digital piracy, and victimization. As such, this project has provided valuable information about the UD student population and their attitudes and behaviors. This study also included a longitudinal element which seeks to measure the extent to which students’ opinions, thoughts, and behaviors have changed during the year following the original study.

More information available on past CRBS Reports and Surveys. ​​

Delaware DASH HIV Prevention Initiative

  • Sharon Merriman-Nai, Principal Investigator
  • Roberta Gealt, Senior Consultant
  • Jim Highberger, Data Manager
  • Initiated: 2014; Funding: Delaware Department of Education

The State of Delaware Department of Education Adolescent Health Program received a five-year grant from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to reduce the risk of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases (STD) among adolescents, and to reduce disparities of HIV and STD rates among high risk groups of students. Twelve school districts and alternative schools have partnered with the State in this effort. The initiative seeks to: deliver exemplary sexual health education emphasizing HIV and other STD prevention (ESHE); increase adolescent access to youth-friendly, key sexual health services (SHS); establish and maintain safe, supportive, and inclusive environments for students and staff (SSE); and develop, implement, and track relevant policies. The strategies to achieve these goals include promoting the concepts and practices of: healthy decision-making; peer support; effective communication; inclusiveness; parental involvement; and community engagement. As project evaluator, the Center for Drug and Health Studies uses a variety of qualitative and quantitative strategies (including key informant interviews, and School Health Profiles and Youth Risk Behavior Survey data) to measure the initiative’s impact.

 

 

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Projects focusing on Delaware Youth
  • Center for Drug & Health Studies
  • 257 E. Main Street Suite 110
  • University of Delaware
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • Phone: 302-831-6107
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