2009 Fairfax County Youth Survey

The results of the 2009 Fairfax County Youth Survey were presented on Oct. 26, 2010, at a joint meeting of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and the Fairfax County School Board

The Youth Survey looks at behaviors, experiences and other factors that influence the health and well-being of the county’s youth. This year’s survey incorporated questions in the new areas of civic engagement, cyberbullying, teen dating violence, environmental stewardship and life skills. The anonymous, voluntary survey was administered in the fall of 2009 to over 42,000 Fairfax County 6th, 8th, 10th and 12th grade students.

Findings included:

  • Over 20 percent of Fairfax County youth are physically active for at least 60 minutes every day.
  • Fairfax youth report lower rates of depression than they did in 2008, though rates are still higher than youth nationally.
  • Cyberbullying is currently less prevalent than traditional bullying.
  • One in five students report having a boyfriend or girlfriend who always wanted to know their whereabouts.
  • More than two-thirds of Fairfax County youth have not used any drugs or alcohol in the past 30 days.
  • Past 30-day inhalant use decreased for 6th graders, but increased for 8th, 10th, and 12th graders since 2008, and is above the national average for each of those grade levels. 
  • Overall, three-quarters of Fairfax County teens in grades 8, 10 and 12 have not engaged in sexual intercourse.

This is the fifth time that Fairfax County youth have taken part in a survey of this type, which helps to monitor behavior trends and changes and provides crucial information to help prioritize the focus for prevention efforts throughout the community. The finding are particularly useful to parents, community leaders, PTAs, school-community coalitions, faith-based organizations and others interested in the safety and well-being of the county’s young people. 

Since its inception, the Youth Survey has been the result of the collective efforts of a broad cross-section of county, school and community organizations interested in the health and well-being of the county’s youth. The survey is a collaborative effort of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, Fairfax County Public Schools, Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services, Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board and Fairfax Partnership for Youth.

The full report and a summary are available online.

Board Presentation

Executive Summary

Full report


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