Overview and Results
The Illinois Youth Survey is administered to our 10th and 12th grade students every other spring along with 6th and 8th graders in all of our sender schools. This extensive survey, conducted by the Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois and the Illinois Department of Human Services, contains a wealth of data regarding our students' experiences. Topics include the prevalence of substance abuse behaviors and bullying, community risk profiles for substance abuse, academic experiences, the school environment and students' mental, social and physical health.
Youth Substance Use
The Illinois Youth Survey is a self-report tool administered by the University of Illinois’ Center for Prevention Research and Development and paid for by a grant from the Illinois Department of Human Services’ Substance Abuse Prevention Program and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The Illinois Youth Survey is available to every school across the state with an 8th, 10th or 12th grade. Township High School District 113 receives assistance with Illinois Youth Survey interpretation from the Lake County Health Department. Here are a few highlights from the district results reports, for more information contact Dr. Lilly Brandt at DHS or Dr. Patrick Sassen at HPHS.
Among District 113 students, illicit drug use is very low. When compared to a representative sample of their peers across nine suburban counties District 113 12th grade students are using at lower or the same rates, with the exception of alcohol and marijuana use which is higher.
Past 30-Day Use is deemed by researchers as a snapshot of regular youth use of a substance. Comparison data is only available for 10th and 12th grades.
- Among District 113 students, alcohol and marijuana use are the most commonly used drugs.
- D113 10th grade students are using at lesser or the same rates, compared to suburban peers.
- D113 12th grade students are using alcohol and marijuana at higher rates.
- The majority of students are making the healthy choice to avoid drugs and alcohol.
Contributing Factors to Youth Substance Use
Contributing factors are those attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors held by youth that increase or decrease the likelihood of alcohol, marijuana or other drug use. The following contributing factors are being highlighted, as they are core measures of effectiveness for community coalitions. Township High School District 113 is actively involved with our local coalition, Community – The Anti-Drug and values their efforts to keep our youth drug and alcohol free.
Survey questions: “How much do you think people risk harming themselves (physically or in other ways) if they drink alcohol nearly every day and if they smoke marijuana once or twice a week?”
- Students across all grades in our district think alcohol use is harmful, and at higher rates than comparison group.
- The majority of upperclassmen do not think smoking marijuana once or twice a week is harmful.
Survey questions: “How wrong do your friends feel it would be for you to have one or two drinks of an alcoholic beverage nearly every day? How wrong…use marijuana?”
- For alcohol use, peer disapproval is high across all grades, and approximately 20% higher when compared with their suburban peers.
- Peer disapproval of marijuana use declines dramatically between 9th and 10th grades, and continues to decline among older students. The low disapproval rates are concerning and could be an indicator for increased future marijuana use.
Survey questions: “How wrong do your parents feel it would be for you to drink beer, wine, or hard liquor (e.g., vodka, whiskey, or gin) regularly (at least once or twice a month)? How wrong…smoke marijuana?”
- Parent disapproval is at good rates for marijuana but in regards to alcohol takes a sharp dip among upperclassmen.
- While District 113 12th grade rates are only 2% below their suburban peers in terms of parental disapproval for alcohol use, a 66% disapproval rating is concerning and is likely contributing to 50% of 12th graders drinking regularly.