The Health and Well-Being of Homeless High School Students

The Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness developed an interactive tool using data from the Centers for Disease Control’s 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), which for the first time includes survey questions allowing us to distinguish homeless from housed students.

Users can explore differences in risk behaviors and health outcomes between homeless high school students and their housed classmates, as well as differences in outcomes across eight states and New York City. This tool allows people from different fields to tailor and engage with data on student homelessness in a way that is meaningful to them and the unique needs of their organization.

To learn more about the health outcomes of homeless students in New York City, read More Than a Place to Sleep.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Youth Risk Behavior Survey, tabulated by the Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness.
Note: All data represented are weighted. YRBS weights are scaled so that: (a) the weighted count of students is equal to the total statewide or citywide public school student population and (b) the weighted proportion of students in each grade matches the statewide or citywide proportions.
† Data have a relative standard error <30% and a confidence interval half width between 10% and 12%. Interpret data with caution.
†† Data have a relative standard error >=30%, a confidence interval half width >=12%, or an unweighted denominator <50. Interpret data with caution.
Unless otherwise stated, data are significant with p-values less than 0.05.
◊ Data have a p-value between 0.05 and 0.1. Interpret data with caution.
◊◊ Data have a p-value >0.1. Data are not significant and should be interpreted with caution.

Design by Rachel Barth, Policy Analyst

Ralph da Costa Nunez, PhD, President and CEO

Project Team:

Anna Shaw-Amoah, Principal Policy Analyst

Kristen MacFarlane, Senior GIS Analyst

Rachel Barth, Policy Analyst

Amanda Ragnauth, Policy Analyst

Chloe Stein, Policy Analyst

Jordan Wizman, Policy Intern