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YRBS Middle School Results: Grades 7 - 8

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Section 1: Injury


Injuries are the leading causes of death among children, adolescents and young adults. As shown in the accompanying graph, 85% of the deaths among young people in Alaska (ages 10 - 14 years) are attributable to injuries, including motor vehicle crashes, homicide, suicide and other unintentional injuries. Furthermore, Alaskans of all ages have one of the highest suicide rates in the U.S. (Alaska: 19.5/100,000; U.S.:11.2/100,000)1.

Causes of Death Among Alaskans Aged 10 - 14 years,
by Percent (N = 77)

Alaska 1995 Mortality Data

Seatbelt Use

Among middle school students, 23.6% of boys and 20.0% of girls report never or rarely using seatbelts when riding in a car. About 56% report using seatbelts all or most of the time.

Never or Rarely Use Seatbelts

Carried a Gun

Almost 60% of middle school boys and almost 30% of girls report having ever carried a gun. The survey did not inquire about the reasons for carrying a gun; some students may be involved in hunting and other sports activities.

Ever Carried a Gun

Physical Fighting

Most middle school boys and over half of the girls have been involved in a physical fight at least once in their lifetime. Almost 10% of boys and girls report having received an injury in a physical fight severe enough to have required treatment by a doctor or nurse.

Physical Fighting Among Middle School Students


A number of middle school students have thought about suicide, made plans or attempted suicide in their lifetimes. Girls are more likely to report suicide thoughts, plans and attempts than are boys.

Ever Had Suicide Thoughts, Plans and Attempts

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