Communities that care: Survey reveals student behaviors

Did You Know?

By Jeff King, Community Mobilizer
Drug Free Osage County, Inc.

Each year Osage County students participate in the Communities That Care survey. This extensive inventory asks a wide variety of questions concerning beliefs, behaviors, community norms, and family practices concerning alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. It also covers topics such as violence, bullying, and community involvement, among others.

All sixth, eighth, 10th and 12th grade students take the survey. As a student completes their education process in a school, they will have taken the survey four times. This gives us a very accurate read of what is going on in the youth of our county.

In the past we’ve focused primarily on underage drinking. Here is a sample of other data that reflects what our youth in Osage County are involved in.

The survey asked, “On how many occasions (if any) have you sniffed glue, breathed the contents of an aerosol spray can, or inhaled other gases or sprays, in order to get high in your lifetime?”

Those answering at least once numbered 15.41% in 2011. In 2012, that number dropped to 8.61%

The survey asked, “On how many occasions (if any)have you sniffed glue, breathed the contents of an aerosol spray can, or inhaled other gases or sprays, in order to get high during the past 30 days?”

In 2011, 5.89% answered “at least once.” In 2012, that number fell to 2.34%.

Concerning bullying, the students were asked, “During this school year how often have you seen someone being bullied?”

In the most recent survey (2012), 31.67% of Osage County students answered “never.”

Students were also asked, “During this school year, how often have you been bullied at school?”

In 2012, 72.52%, answered “never.”

Author’s note: We hope this information raises awareness of the actual practices and behaviors of Osage County youth when it comes to underage drinking and other problematic behaviors. We want to provide conversation starters for parents with their teens surrounding these issues.




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