Fairfax County Youth Survey Information

Determining the effectiveness of prevention and intervention programs

The Fairfax County School Board and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors work together to administer the Fairfax County Youth Survey.  The results of this survey are published each year on http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/demogrph/youthpdf.htm and are used by school officials, youth leadership classes, youth serving county agencies, and local non-profits to determine the effectiveness of prevention and intervention programs offered in schools and communities.  It is also used to identify changing trends and areas of need.  The survey is anonymous and no individual information is reported.  

The Fairfax County Youth Survey asks questions about risky behavior, mental health, physical health and safety.  There are questions about behaviors related to alcohol, illegal drugs, and misuse of prescription drugs.  Additional questions about depression, student stress, bullying, and harassment, and questions about personal health, including eating disorders, and obesity.  Students are also asked about specific protective factors concerning health and safety.