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Hawaii-IBIS YRBS Data Release Notes

General Release Notes

2019 YRBS

In 2019, we retired IBIS indicators based on questions that had not been asked since 2011. If you are interested in data only collected prior to 2011 please contact

A new Demographics category

We introduced a new demographics category in this release. This section allows users to view detailed information about the YRBS population.

New dimensions are now available

  • Hispanic - students who are Hispanic or Latino, yes/no, high school and middle school, all years.
  • Sexual orientation - straight, gay or lesbian, bisexual and not sure, for high school 2011-2019 and middle school 2017-2019.
  • Sexual orientation by sex (M/F) - straight males, straight females, gay or bisexual males, lesbian or bisexual females, not sure males, and not sure females, for high school 2011-2019 and middle school 2017-2019.
  • Transgender - yes/no, for high school 2017-2019.
  • Sexual or gender minority - students who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, not sure or transgender, yes/no for high school 2017-2019.

New YRBS indicators in 2019

There are several new indicators available:
  • County
  • Sex
  • Grade
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • DOH Race/ethnicity
  • Census Race/ethnicity
  • Transgender
  • Sexual or gender minority
  • Military - parent on active duty
  • Weight control - unhealthy methods, past 30 days
  • Missed school - sick, past 30 days
  • Missed school - number of sick days, past 30 days
  • Mental health - mental distress
  • Mental health - get needed help
  • Suicide - attempt result in injury/tx, ever
  • Bullied - on school property or electronically, ever
  • Bullied - on school property or electronically, past 12 months
  • Sexual abuse - by partner, past 12 months
  • Injury - concussion, past 12 months
  • Injury - number of concussions, past 12 months
  • Sexual abuse - by anyone, past 12 months
  • Nutrition - avg soda per day
  • Nutrition - avg juice drink per day
  • Physical Activity - active transport to/from school, avg days
  • Sex - parents discussed how to say no
  • Support - adult outside of school
  • Sleep - usually at home, past 30 days
  • Sleep - place usually slept, past 30 days
  • Support - adult who really cares at school
  • Alcohol - binge drinking (new) (HS)
  • Alcohol - parents think student drinking is wrong
  • Substance abuse - in car when driver high, ever
  • Drug use - prescription pain drugs without md, ever
  • Drug use - ever used illicit drugs - (2017+)
  • Cigarettes - first puff before age 13
  • Electronic vapor product - frequent use
  • Electronic vapor product - tried before age 13
  • Cigarette or elec vapor product - use, past 30 days

2015 YRBS

In accordance with recent legislation, there was a change in survey implementation in 2015 whereby student participation changed from active parental consent to active parental refusal. This change yielded greater participation among middle and high school students.

2011 YRBS

While the YRBS has always collected data from schools across Hawaii, the sampling frame was increased in this survey year to yield county-level estimates for middle school and high school. School and student participation in Hawaii County high schools did not meet the minimum participation requirement (60%) to allow for weighting of the high school data. Therefore, high school level data is available for the state only for 2011. High school county level data is not available until 2013. Middle school county level data is available starting in 2011.

All Years

For more information on the number of students surveyed each year and links to the survey instruments, please click here.

Health indicators are created after a question has been included in at least 2 survey administrations. Survey items do not have to be asked on consecutive administrations to create a health indicator. Health indicators are retired when their underlying questions have not been asked for 4 administrations.

Race/Ethnicity Data

Students are asked two questions to ascertain their race/ethnicity:
  • Are you Hispanic or Latino? This question is used to create the Hispanic or Latino indicator and dimension.
  • What is your race?

These questions are used to create the Race/ Ethnicity classifications. In IBIS, the most granular level is the program race/ethnicity (PRG) which rolls up into the DOH standard race/ethnicity (DOH), which rolls up into Census race reporting categories (Census). The table below illustrates how the data is aggregated.

Race/Ethnicity Classifications
Source Race/Ethnicity Program Race/Ethnicity (PRG) DOH Race/Ethnicity (DOH) Census Race (Census)
Am Indian/ Alaska Native American Indian and Alaska Native Native Alaskan/ American Indian Native Alaskan/ American Indian
Black or African American Black Black Black or African American
Filipino Filipino Filipino Asian
Japanese Japanese Japanese Asian
Native Hawaiian/ Part Hawaiian Hawaiian/ Part Hawaiian Native Hawaiian Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
Other Asian Other Asian Other Asian Asian
Other Pacific Islander Other Pacific Islander Other Pacific Islander Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
White White Caucasian White
Hispanic/ Latino Other Other Other
Multiple - Non-Hispanic Other Other Other

Cell Suppression

According to CDC guidelines, a minimum of 100 students must answer a question in order for it to be reported. Where the number of students is below 100, ** will appear in the data table and no data will be displayed for that cell in the chart. We suggest that you aggregate years or reduce the number of filters to achieve a reportable result.

The information provided above is from the Hawaii Health Data Warehouse and the Hawaii State Department of Health's Hawaii-IBIS web site ( The information published on this website may be reproduced without permission. Please use the following citation: " Retrieved Sat, 22 January 2022 1:27:38 from Hawaii State Department of Health, Hawaii Health Data Warehouse, Indicator-Based Information System for Public Health Web site: ".

Content updated: Mon, 8 Feb 2021 20:59:18 HST