The CCYS taps into several behavioral health indicators for school-aged children, including Risk and Protective factors, substance use/abuse, mental health, and antisocial behaviors. On this page, you'll discover more about the types of questions asked on the survey. All survey responses are collected anonymously and used strictly for research purposes.
What topics are covered in the CCYS?
The Louisiana Department of Health obtains the substance use rates in your community for 6th, 8th, 10th, and 12th grade students who complete the survey. The first set of substances covered are the “Gateway Drugs” most commonly used by youth (alcohol, tobacco, marijuana and inhalants). The second set of substances include a variety of less commonly used illicit drugs such as cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, and prescription narcotics. The last set of substances present indicators of severe (or extremely dangerous) substance use, including youth in need of substance abuse treatment, the percentage indicating they used substances in school, and students involved in drinking and driving.
The percentage of youth engaging in forms of antisocial behaviors, such as attacking someone with the intention of seriously harming them or stealing a vehicle, are determined by survey responses. Related consequences to anti-social behaviors, such as suspension from school or being arrested, and number of students engaging in gambling behaviors is also reported from survey participants in your community.
Risk and Protection
The risk and protective factor scales measure specific aspects of a youth’s life experience that are predictive of whether he/she will engage in problem behaviors. The factors are grouped into four domains: community, family, school, and peer/individual.
Alcohol Environmental Risk
The alcohol environmental risk factors profile includes the percentage of students who obtained alcohol from specific sources. Survey data is gathered to shed light on the community norms about alcohol use.
Prescription Drug Environmental Risk
The prescription drug environmental risk factors profile includes the percentage of students who obtained prescription drugs from specific sources. Percentages for the sources of prescription drugs are based upon only those students who reported having abused prescription drugs in the past year.