MetroWest Health 2008 Survey Results

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  • 1. MetroWest Health 2008 Survey Results Wellesley Public Schools Nov. 10, 2009
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    • In 2006, the MetroWest Community Health Care Foundation embarked on a ten-year initiative to provide communities with timely, local data on the health and risk behaviors of youth. To accomplish this goal, the MetroWest Adolescent Health Survey (MWAHS) is administered every other year to middle and high school students in the MetroWest region.
    Project Overview
  • 3. MetroWest Survey
    • 22 of the 25 MetroWest communities participated in the high school surveys. 1,108 Wellesley High School students participated in the 2008 survey (87.9%)
    • 19 of the 25 MetroWest communities participated in the middle school surveys. 656 grade 7 and 8 students participated in the 2008 survey (94.8%)
  • 4. Topics Covered on Survey
    • Background characteristics such as gender, age, and grade level.
    • Student use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.
    • Other related issues such as violence and safety, mental health, sexual behavior (HS only), dietary behavior, physical activity and vehicle-related risk behavior.
    • Research shows that young people respond truthfully to surveys when:
      • Participation is voluntary
      • They perceive the survey is important
      • They feel measures have been taken to preserve privacy and ensure anonymity
      • These assurances were built into the common survey protocol.
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    • Surveys are reviewed for implausible or frivolous responses.
    • Analyses are conducted to test for the reasonableness of responses and for the consistency of responses across related items.
    • In both 2006 and 2008, these two procedures have revealed very few problems.
    Validity and Reliability
  • 6. Substance Use
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  • 13. Mental Wellness
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  • 21. Safety-Related Behavior
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  • 27. School Attachment and Adult Support
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  • 32. More information
    • Contact Toni Duval, Director of Fitness and Health for more information regarding the MWAHS-
    • 781-446-6210 x2020