School and Community Health Research Group Projects

California Healthy Kids Survey

Funding Agency: California Department of Education, Healthy Kids Program Office

CHKS Project Director: Greg Austin

CHKS Co-Director: Norm Constantine (through June, 2001)

(This is an ongoing WestEd project). The California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) is a comprehensive youth risk behavior and resilience data collection service available to all California local education agencies. It consists of a modular survey instrument tied to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Youth Risk Behavior Survey and to the California Attorney Gerneral's Student Substance Use Survey, together with a full-service survey support system. Separate elementary, middle, and high school versions are currently available. Three regional centers serve all 1,049 California local education agencies, providing comprehensive technical assistance on survey administration and use of results. The CHKS employs a set of questionnaire modules that can be configured to meet local needs in collecting student data across a comprehensive range of risk behaviors. Current modules cover (1) alcohol and other drug use; (2) tobacco use; (3) violence and school safety; (4) nutrition and physical health; (5) sexual behavior and attitudes; and (6) youth resilience. Beginning in Fall, 1999, an integrated CHKS statewide representative sample has replaced both the California Student Substance Use Survey and the Youth Risk Behavior Survey in California.

For more information, visit the California Healthy Kids Survey web site.

Download the Healthy Kids Resilience Assessment Technical Report and full appendices (pdf files)