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2004 8th Grade Data Results
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Demographics

1. What gender are you?
3. How old are you?
4. Are you Hispanic or Latino?
5. Which one or more of the following would you say is your race group?
6,7. Body Mass Index (BMI): Weight to height ratio.
56,101. Putting them all together, what were your grades like last year?
57,102. Are your grades better than the grades of most students in your class?

Health Care and Health Conditions

9. When did you last go to a doctor or nurse practitioner for a check up or physical exam when you were not sick or injured?
10. During the past 12 months, where did you usually go to meet your health care needs?
11. During the past 12 months, did you HAVE any of the following health care needs?
12. During the past 12 months, did you have any of the following health care needs that were NOT MET?
13. When did you last go to a dentist or dental hygienist for a check up, exam, teeth cleaning, or other dental work?
14. Have you ever had a cavity that you know of?
15. Did you brush your teeth in the past 24 hours?
39. Are you limited in any way in any activities because of any
physical, mental or emotional condition?
40. Is your condition, physical, learning or emotional?
41.

Do you now have any condition that requires you to use special equipment, such as a cane, a wheelchair, a special bed, or a special telephone?

42.

Because of a physical, learning or emotional condition that you have had for at least a year, do you (mark any limitations that apply):

43. During the past 12 months, have you had an episode of asthma or an asthma attack?
44. Has a doctor, nurse, or other health professional ever told you that you have Asthma?
45. Do you still have asthma?
46. During the past 30 days, how many days of school did you miss because of your asthma?
47. During the past 30 days, how many nights did symptoms of asthma make it difficult for you to stay asleep?
Summary Use of marijuana, inhalants, stimulants, cocaine, heroin, ecstasy and/or prescription drugs in past 30 days?
Summary Use of stimulants, cocaine, heroin and/or ecstasy in past 30 days?
 

Tobacco, Alcohol and Other Drugs

Tobacco Use
16. During the past 30 days, on how many days did you smoke cigarettes?
17. During the past 30 days, on the days you smoked, how many cigarettes did you smoke per day?
During the past 30 days, on how many days did you:
18. Chewing tobacco, snuff, or dip, such as Redman, Levi, Garrett, Beechnut, Skoal, Skoal Bandits, or Copenhagen?
19. Smoke cigarettes on school property?
20. Use chewing tobacco, snuff, or dip on school property?
21. During the past 12 months, did you do any of the following to quit using tobacco?
29a. How old were you when you first smoked a whole cigarette?
 
Alcohol Use
22. On how many occasions (if any) have you had beer or wine (non-religious)or hard liquor to drink during the past 30 days?
During the past 30 days, on how many days did you have:
23. 5 or more drinks of alcohol in a row, that is, within a couple of hours?
24. At least one drink of alcohol on school property?
25. At least one drink of alcohol at a party?
29b. How old were you when you first had more than a sip or two of beer, wine, or hard liquor?
29c. How old were you when you first began drinking alcoholic beverages regularly, that is, at least once or twice a month?
 
Marijuana Use
During the past 30 days, on how many times did you:
26. Use marijuana?
27. Use marijuana on school property?
29d. How old were you when you first tried marijuana or hashish?
 
Other Drug Use
28. During the past 30 days, on how many occasions (if any) have you:
a. Sniffed glue, breathed the contents of aerosol spray cans, or inhaled any paints or sprays to get high?
b. Used prescription drugs (without a doctor's order) to get high?
c. Used stimulants (amphetamines, meth, crystal, speed, crank)?
d. Used cocaine or 'crack' cocaine?
e. Used heroin or other opiates or narcotics?
f. Used Ecstasy or MDMA?
28g. Used LSD or other hallucinogens or psychedelics?
Use of stimulants, cocaine, heroin and/or ecstasy in past 30 days?
Use of marijuana, inhalants, stimulants, cocaine, heroin, ecstasy and/or prescription drugs in past 30 days?
29e. How old were you when you first tried to sniff or inhale gases, sprays, or glue in order to get high?
 
Access to Tobacco
86. During the past 30 days, how many times did you get tobacco (cigarettes, chew, snuff, or cigars) from each of the following sources:?
a. Grocery stores?
b. Vending machines?
c. Convenience stores (such as 7-Eleven)?
d. Drug stores?
e. Gas stations?
f. Friends 18 or older?
g. Friends under 18?
h. Took them from home without permission?
i. A parent?
j. A brother or sister?
k. The Internet?
l. People selling tobacco on the street?
89. If you wanted to get some tobacco how easy would it be for you to get some?
 
Access to Alcohol and Other Drugs
87. During the past 30 days, how many times did you get alcohol (beer, wine, or hard liquor) from each of the following sources:
a. Grocery stores?
b. Convenience stores (such as 7-Eleven)?
c. Gas stations?
d. Friends older than 21?
e. Friends under 21?
f. Took from home without permission?
g. A parent?
h. A brother or sister?
i. The Internet?
j. By asking a stranger to buy it for me?
k. Liquor store?
l. Bar/Night Club or Restaurant?
88. If you wanted to get some beer, wine or hard liquor, how easy would it be for you to get some?
90. If you wanted to get some marijuana, how easy would it be for you to get some?
91. If you wanted to get a drug like cocaine, LSD, or amphetamines, how easy would it be for you to get some?
 
Tobacco Prevention
76. Does someone living in your house (other than you) smoke cigarettes?
77. During the past 12 months, how often have your parent(s) talked to you about not smoking cigarettes or using chewing tobacco?
78. Is there a rule against tobacco in your school?
79. During the past 12 months, have you seen teachers or staff smoke on school property?
80. During the past 12 months:
a. Did you have any school lessons about tobacco use?
b. When you had lessons, how often did you practice different ways to say "no" to tobacco offers during any class at school (for example, in role plays)?
c. Did a student from middle or high school come to your class to talk about tobacco use?
d. Did a guest speaker (for example, a nurse or someone from your community) talk to your class about tobacco use?
e. Did you discuss the reasons why people your age smoke during any of your classes?
f. Did you discuss how many people your age smoke during any of your classes?
g. Did you discuss the effects of cigarette smoking on your body during any of your classes?
h. Did you discuss the effects of second-hand smoke during any of your classes?
81. How likely is it that your parents would discipline you in some way, if at least one of them knew that you had used tobacco?
85. During the past 30 days, how often have you seen or heard any information against using tobacco from any of the following?
a. Your parents?
b. Your friends?
c. Your school?
d. A TV show, news story, or commercial?
e. A newspaper article or advertisement?
f. A magazine article or advertisement?
g. A radio news story or advertisement?
h. A movie?
i. A billboard?
j. The Internet / World Wide Web?
k. An event in your town or city?
l. Boy or Girl Scouts or a club?
 
Intentions
24. Sometimes we don't know what we will do as adults, but we may have an idea. Please tell us how true these statements may be for you as an adult: When you are an adult:
a. I will smoke cigarettes.
b. I will drink beer, wine, or liquor.
c. I will smoke marijuana.
82. If one of your best friends were to offer you a cigarette, would you smoke it?
83. At any time during the next year, do you think you will smoke a cigarette?
84. Do you want to stop smoking cigarettes completely?
 
Student Attitudes and Perceptions of Risk
97. How wrong do you think it is for someone your age to:
a. Smoke cigarettes?
b. Drink beer, wine, or hard liquor regularly?
c. Smoke marijuana?
d. Use LSD, cocaine, amphetamines, or another illegal drug?
29. What are the chances you would be seen as cool if you:
a. Smoked cigarettes?
b. Began drinking alcoholic beverages regularly, that is, at least once or twice a month?
c. Smoked marijuana?
92. How much do you think people risk harming themselves (physically or in other ways), if they:
a. Smoke one or more packs of cigarettes per day?
b. Try marijuana once or twice?
c. Smoke marijuana regularly?
d. Take one or two drinks of an alcoholic beverage nearly every day?
59. Think of your four best friends (the friends you feel closest to). In the past year (12 months) how many of your best friends have:
a. Smoked cigarettes?
b. Tried beer, wine, or hard liquor?
c. Used marijuana?
d. Used LSD, cocaine, amphetamines, or other illegal drugs?
45. How wrong would most adults in your neighborhood think it was for kids your age to:
a. Use marijuana?
b. Drink alcohol?
c. Smoke cigarettes?
46. If a kid did this in your neighborhood, would he or she be caught by the police:
e. Smoked marijuana?
f. Drank some beer, wine, or hard liquor?
65. About how many adults (people over 21) have you known personally who in the past year have:
a. Used marijuana, crack, cocaine, or other drugs?
b. Sold or dealt drugs?
d. Gotten drunk or high?
66. Has anyone in your family ever had a severe alcohol or drug problem?
67. How wrong do your parents feel it would be for you to:
a. Drink beer, wine, or liquor regularly?
b. Smoke cigarettes?
c. Smoke marijuana?
68. Have any of your siblings ever:
a. Drunk beer, wine, or hard liquor?
b. Smoked cigarettes?
c. Smoked marijuana?
70. If you drank some beer, wine or liquor without your parent's permission, would you be caught by your parents?
70. My family has clear rules about alcohol and drug use.

Body Weight, Nutrition, and Physical Exercise

6,7. Body weight status as measured by BMI: Weight to height ratio.

 

During the past 7 days, average servings per day where student reported eating fruits or vegetables? (Summary measure created from 6 questions)
36. In the past 7 days, on how many days did you eat breakfast?
37. Exercise or participate in physical activity for at least 20 minutes that made you sweat and breathe hard, such as basketball, soccer, running, swimming laps, fast bicycling, or fast dancing or similar aerobic activities?
38. Exercise or participate in physical activity for at least 30 minutes that did not make you sweat and breathe hard, such as fast walking, slow bicycling, skating, pushing a lawn mower, or mop or similar aerobic activities?

Sexual Activity and HIV/AIDS Prevention

48. Have you ever had sexual intercourse?
49. How old were you when you had sexual intercourse for the first time?
50. During the past 3 months, with how many people did you have sexual intercourse?
50x. Among those who have ever had sex: Sexual activity during the past 3 months?
51. Did you drink alcohol or use drugs before you had sexual intercourse the last time?
51x. Among those who have ever had sex: Did you drink alcohol or use drugs before you had sexual intercourse the last time?
52. The last time you had sexual intercourse, did you or your partner use a condom?
52x. Among those who have ever had sex: The last time you had sexual intercourse, did you or your partner use a condom?
53. The last time you had sexual intercourse, what one method did you or your partner use to prevent pregnancy?
53x. Among those who have ever had sex: The last time you had sexual intercourse, did you or your partner use a method to prevent pregnancy?
54. During the last 12 months, have you ever been taught about AIDS or HIV infection in school?

Injury-Related Issues

Depression, Suicide, and Abuse
60. During the past 30 days, how much of the time have you:
a. Been a very nervous person?
b. Felt calm and peaceful?
c. Felt downhearted and blue?
d. Been a happy person?
e. Felt so down in the dumps that nothing could cheer you up?
61. During the past week, on how many of the days:
a. Did not you feel like eating, or your appetite was poor?
b. Did you feel depressed?
c. Did you feel sad?
d. Could you not get going or had low energy?
62. During the past 12 months, did you ever seriously consider attempting suicide?
63. During the past 12 months, how many times did you actually attempt suicide?
64. If you attempted suicide during the past 12 months, did any attempt result in an injury, poisoning, or overdose that had to be treated by a doctor or nurse?
64x. Among only those who attempted suicide during the past 12 months: Did any attempt result in an injury, poisoning, or overdose that had to be treated by a doctor or nurse?
65. During the past 12 months, did your boyfriend or girlfriend ever hit, slap, or physically hurt you on purpose?
66. Have you ever been forced to have sexual intercourse when you did not want to?
67. During your life, has any adult ever intentionally hit or physically hurt you?
68. During your life, has any adult ever had sexual contact with you?
School Safety
86. In the past 30 days, how many times did a student call you names, swear at you, or say mean things to you?
56. In the past 30 days, how many days did you not go to school because you felt you would be unsafe at school or on your way to or from school?
55. During the past 12 months, have you ever been harassed at school (or on the way to or from school) in relation to the following issues?
55. During the past 12 months, have you ever been harassed at school (or on the way to or from school)?
57. During the past 12 months, how many times
a. Has someone threatened you with a weapon such as a gun, knife, or club on school property?
b. Has someone injured you with a weapon on school property?
c. Were you in a physical fight on school property?
d. Has someone taken money or things directly from you by using force, a weapon, or threats in school or on school property?
e. Has someone deliberately damaged your property (such as clothing, books, or other property) in school or on school property?
 

Delinquent and/or Criminal Behavior and Influences

23,29. How old were you when you first:
f. Got suspended from school?
g. Got arrested?
h. Attacked someone with the idea of seriously hurting them?
32,59. Think of your four best friends (the friends you feel closest to). In the past year (12 months) how many of your best friends have:
f. Been members of a gang?
g. Dropped out of school?
h. Been suspended from school?
i. Sold illegal drugs?
j. Stolen or tried to steal a motor vehicle such as a car or motorcycle?
k. Been arrested?
37,58. How many times in the past 12 months have you:
a. Been in a physical fight?
b. Gambled (i.e., bought lottery tickets or tabs, bet money on sports teams or card games, etc.)?
c. Carried a handgun?
d. Sold illegal drugs?
e. Stolen or tried to steal a motor vehicle such as a car or motorcycle?
f. Been arrested?
g. Atacked someone with the idea of seriously hurting them?
h. Been drunk or high at school?
i. Taken a handgun to school?
j. Been suspended from school?
40,71. Have you ever belonged to a gang?
41,72. If you have ever belonged to a gang, did that gang have a name?
42,73. How old were you when you first belonged to a gang?
 

Guns and Other Weapons Carrying

23i,29i. How old were you when you first carried a handgun?
28e,97e. How wrong do you think it is for someone your age to take a handgun to school?
29d. What are the chances you would be seen as cool if you carried a handgun?
32e,59e. In the past 12 months how many of your best friends have carried a handgun?
37,58. How many times in the past 12 months have you:
c. Carried a handgun?
i. Taken a handgun to school?
38,74. During the past 30 days, on how many days did you carry:
a. A weapon other than a gun (such as a knife, club, or other weapon not allowed at school) on school property?
b. A gun on school property?
39,75. If you wanted to get a handgun, how easy would it be for you to get one?
46. If a kid carried a handgun in your neighborhood, would he or she be caught by the police?
70. If you carried a handgun without your parents' permission, would you be caught by your parents?
 

Vehicle-Related Safety

97,69. Bicycle Helmet Use. When you rode a bicycle during the past 12 months, how often did you wear a helmet?
97,69sum Bicycle Helmet Use. Amongst only those who rode a bicycle during the past 12 months: how often did you wear a helmet?
98,70. How often do you wear a seat belt when riding in a car driven by someone else?

Beleifs, Attitudes, and Influences

Self Beliefs
25a. I do the opposite of what people tell me, just to get them mad.
b. I ignore rules that get in my way.
c. I like to see how much I can get away with.
26. How often have you:
a. Done crazy things even if they are a little dangerous?
b. Done something dangerous because someone dared you to do it?
c. Done what feels good no matter what?
27a,98a. I think it is okay to take something without asking if you can get away with it.
b. I think sometimes it's okay to cheat at school.
c. It is all right to beat up people if they start the fight.
d. It is important to be honest with your parents, even if they become upset or you get punished.
28,97. How wrong do you think it is for someone your age to:?
f. Steal anything worth more than $10?
g. Pick a fight with someone?
h. Attack someone with the idea of seriously hurting them?
i. Stay away from school all day when their parents think they are at school?
99,96. How true do you feel each statement is for you:
a. I can say no to activities that I think are wrong.
b. I can work out my problems.
c. At school, I help decide things like class activities or rules.
d. I am part of clubs, sports teams, church/temple or other group activities away from school.
e. I try to understand how other people feel/think.
f. I help make decisions with my family.
g. I work to make my community a better place.
96h. I can do most things if I try.
96i. I feel bad when someone gets their feelings hurt.
 
Peer Influences
32,109. Think of your four best friends (the friends you feel closest to). In the past 12 months how many of your best friends have:
l. Participated in clubs, organizations, or activities at school?
m. Made a commitment to stay drug-free?
n. Tried to do well in school?
o. Liked school?
p. Regularly attended religious services?
 
Family, Adult and Community Influences
43,100. How many times in the past 12 months have you volunteered to do community service?
44. Are the following activities for people your age available in your community:
a. Sports teams?
b. Scouting?
c. Boys and girls clubs?
d. 4-H clubs?
e. Service clubs?
46. How true are each of the following statements in describing your neighborhood?
a. There is a lot of crime and/or drug selling.
b. There are many physical fights.
c. There are lots of empty or abandoned buildings.
d. There is a lot of graffiti.
h. I'd like to get out of my neighborhood.
i. I like my neighborhood.
j. I feel safe in my neighborhood.
k. If I had to move, I would miss the neighborhood I now live in.
47. Have you changed homes in the past year?
48. How many times you have changed homes since kindergarten?
65c. About how many adults (people over 21) have you known personally who in the past year have done things that could get them in trouble with the police, like stealing, selling stolen goods, mugging or assaulting others, etc.?
67. How wrong do your parents feel it would be for you to:
d. Steal anything worth more than $10?
e. Draw graffiti, or write things or draw pictures on buildings or other property (without the owner's permission)?
f. Pick a fight with someone?
68. Have any of your siblings ever taken a handgun to school?
68e. Have any of your siblings ever been suspended or expelled from school?
69a. People in my family often insult or yell at each other.
b. People in my family have serious arguments.
c. We argue about the same things in my family over and over.
70a. My parents ask if I've gotten my homework done.
b. Would your parents know if you did not come home on time?
93. When I am not at home, one of my parents knows where I am and whom I am with.
e. The rules in my family are clear.
g. If you skipped school, would you be caught by your parents?
94. In my home, there is a parent or some other adult who always wants me to do my best.
95. In my home, there is a parent or some other adult who talks with me about my problems.
71,110. Outside of my home and school, there is an adult:
a. Who tells me when I do a good job.
b. Who always wants me to do my best.
 
School Influences
49. Have you changed schools (including changing from elementary to middle and middle to high school) in the past year?
50. How many times have you changed schools (including changing from elementary to middle and middle to high school) since kindergarten?
58,103. How often do you feel that the school work you are assigned is meaningful and important?
59,104. How interesting are most courses to you?
60,105. How important do you think the things you are learning in school are going to be for your later life?
61,107. Now, thinking back over the past year in school, how often did you:
a. Enjoy being in school?
b. Hate being in school?
c. Try to do your best work in school?
62,99. How many times in the past 12 months have you participated in clubs, organizations, or activities at school?
63,106. During the past 4 weeks, how many whole school days have you missed because you skipped or "cut"?
64a,108a. In my school, students have lots of chances to help decide things like class activities and rules.
b. There are lots of chances for students in my school to talk with a teacher one-on-one.
c. Teachers ask me to work on special classroom projects.
d. There are lots of chances for students in my school to get involved in sports, clubs, and other school activities outside of class.
e. I have lots of chances to be part of class discussions or activities.
f. My teachers notice when I am doing a good job.
g. The school lets my parents know when I have done something well.
111. At my school, there is a teacher or some other adult:
a. Who really cares about me.
b. Who tells me when I do a good job.
c. Who listens to me when I have something to say.
d. Who believes that I will be a success.