Fairfax County Youth Survey

The Fairfax County Youth Survey is a comprehensive, anonymous and voluntary survey given each year to students in grades 6, 8, 10 and 12 that examines behaviors, experiences and other factors that influence the health and well-being of Fairfax County's youth. The results provide a snapshot of the county's youth and serve as a barometer of the community's effectiveness in fostering healthy choices in young people. The Youth Survey is a collaboration of Fairfax County Government and Fairfax County Public Schools.

The Fairfax County Youth Survey asks questions about risky behavior, mental health, physical health and safety. Question topics include behavior related to:

Alcohol                            Illegal drugs                           Misuse of prescription drugs

Depression                     Stress                                      Extracurricular activities

Bullying                           Harassment                           Time spent helping others

Personal health             Obesity                                      Screen time

Eating disorders            Sexual activity


Students are also asked about the positive aspects of their lives and activities as well as specific protective factors concerning health and safety.