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.