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What national surveys know about our kids

Updated: Jun 5, 2022

Release date: March 14, 2022

In this episode, I talk with Sarah Lindstrom Johnson - professor at Arizona State University and expert on prevention interventions for youth - about what we know about kids from national studies, like the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS), Monitoring the Future, and the School Crime Supplement to the National Crime Victimization Survey. If you want to follow along, links to data from those studies are listed below. We also answer a listener's question about the rise of cocaine use among teens.

Biography of Sarah Lindstrom Johnson

Dr. Lindstrom Johnson is a member of the faculty at the T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics at Arizona State University. Her research takes a positive youth development approach towards identifying ways to prevent youth involvement in risk behaviors, which focuses on supporting development assets and improving the environments in which youth learn and grow. Much of this work involves partnerships with youth serving organizations such as schools, primary care clinics, and community organizations. She has a particular interest in understanding and mitigating the consequences of exposure to and involvement in violence. Due to her training in public health, Dr. Lindstrom Johnson focuses on developing solutions that are feasible and sustainable; her work often involves dissemination trials of preventative interventions.

National Studies of Kids

Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS)

Monitoring the Future

School Crime Supplement to the National Crime Victimization Survey


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