Data Highlights

Non-Chicago Cook County Illinois Youth Survey

The Illinois Youth Survey

This is a statewide survey administered to hundreds of schools around the state. This initiative is lead by the Center for Prevention Research and Development at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. All county and state level data are available on their website. We have selected to highlight a few data points from the 2018 Non-Chicago Cook County data set which provides a good representation of the entire township.

NOTE:
1. The data is completely anonymous:
The survey does not ask for any form of identification or question that might lead to the identity of the student. This is to ensure that students feel safe and answer questions honestly. It minimizes the chance of bias and inconsistent data.
2. The survey is standardized: This statewide survey is created by data professionals and undergoes a rigorous formation process that makes sure questions are clear, un-biased, and neutral among other things. Standardized surveys have a good chance of being both valid and reliable.
3. Correlation is not causation: We will often compare a data point with another. Their relationship may be indicative of a pattern or might be informative. Maybe when one data point increases, we notice that the other decreases. However, it is important to know that this correlation does not confirm or state that the increase in one is causing the decrease in the other or vice versa.

30-Day Use Rates
Alcohol
E-Cigarettes
Cannabis
Cigarettes
Perceived Parent Disapproval of Use vs Parent Communication vs 30-Day Use

( % of students who think a substance poses a moderate to great risk VS % of students who reported using the substance in the past month)

It is interesting to note how as perceived risk rises, use rate falls. However, for E-cigarettes, the perceived risk remains similarly high throughout, yet use rate rises more than doubly. While we can only speculate, this can attributed to the dangerously addictive the nicotine levels in E-cigarettes. Data for other substances cannot be accurately discerned due to the wording of the specific question.

Perceived Parent Disapproval of Use vs Parent Communication vs 30-Day Use

( % of students who think a substance poses a moderate to great risk VS % of students who reported using the substance in the past month)

Alcohol
Tobacco
Cannabis

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