About the National Data

Data

Baseline: 23.1 percent of sexual minority students in grades 9 through 12 reported that they had ever used illicit drugs in their lifetime in 2017

Target: 16.1 percent

Numerator
Number of sexual minority (lesbian, gay, or bisexual) students in grades 9 through 12 who reported that they have ever used illicit drugs.
Denominator
Number of sexual minority (lesbian, gay, or bisexual) students in grades 9 through 12.
Target-setting method

Minimal statistical significance

Target-setting method details
Minimal statistical significance, assuming the same standard error for the target as for the baseline.
Target-setting method justification
Trend data were not available for this objective. The standard error was used to calculate a target based on minimal statistical significance, assuming the same standard error for the target as for the baseline. This method was used because it was a statistically significant improvement from the baseline.

Methodology

Methodology notes

YRBS uses the term sexual minority to include those who identify as lesbian, gay, and bisexual; and those whose sexual behavior includes same-sex contacts. However, for statistical reporting, sexual identity and sexual behavior are reported separately. This objective only tracks lesbian, gay, and bisexual identity.