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Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2008
NCES 2009-022
April 2009

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Table 13.1.

Percentage of students in grades 9–12 who reported having been in a physical fight during the previous 12 months, by location and selected student and school characteristics: Various years, 1993–2007


Student or school characteristic Anywhere   On school property  
1993 1995 1997 1999 2001 2003 2005 2007 1993 1995 1997 1999   2001 2003 2005 2007  
Total  41.8 38.7 36.6 35.7 33.2 33.0 35.9 35.5   16.2 15.5 14.8 14.2   12.5 12.8 13.6 12.4  
                                       
Sex                                       
Male  51.2 46.1 45.5 44.0 43.1 40.5 43.4 44.4   23.5 21.0 20.0 18.5   18.0 17.1 18.2 16.3  
Female  31.7 30.6 26.0 27.3 23.9 25.1 28.1 26.5   8.6 9.5 8.6 9.8   7.2 8.0 8.8 8.5  
                                       
Race/ethnicity1                                       
White  40.3 36.0 33.7 33.1 32.2 30.5 33.1 31.7   15.0 12.9 13.3 12.3   11.2 10.0 11.6 10.2  
Black  49.5 41.6 43.0 41.4 36.5 39.7 43.1 44.7   22.0 20.3 20.7 18.7   16.8 17.1 16.9 17.6  
Hispanic  43.2 47.9 40.7 39.9 35.8 36.1 41.0 40.4   17.9 21.1 19.0 15.7   14.1 16.7 18.3 15.5  
Asian  (2) (2) (2) 22.7 22.3 25.9 21.6 24.3   (2) (2) (2) 10.4   10.8 13.1 5.9 8.5  
American Indian/
Alaska Native 
49.8 47.2 54.7 48.7 49.2 46.6 44.2 36.0   18.6 31.4 18.9 16.2 ! 18.2 24.2 22.0 15.0  
Pacific Islander/
Native Hawaiian 
(2) (2) (2) 50.7 51.7 30.0 34.4 42.6   (2) (2) (2) 25.3   29.1 22.2 24.5 9.6 !
More than one race  (2) (2) (2) 40.2 39.6 38.2 46.9 47.8   (2) (2) (2) 16.9   14.7 20.2 15.8 19.6  
                                       
Grade                                       
9th  50.4 47.3 44.8 41.1 39.5 38.6 43.5 40.9   23.1 21.6 21.3 18.6   17.3 18.0 18.9 17.0  
10th  42.2 40.4 40.2 37.7 34.7 33.5 36.6 36.2   17.2 16.5 17.0 17.2   13.5 12.8 14.4 11.7  
11th  40.5 36.9 34.2 31.3 29.1 30.9 31.6 34.8   13.8 13.6 12.5 10.8   9.4 10.4 10.4 11.0  
12th  34.8 31.0 28.8 30.4 26.5 26.5 29.1 28.0   11.4 10.6 9.5 8.1   7.5 7.3 8.5 8.6  
                                       
Urbanicity                                       
Urban  38.2 37.0 36.8 35.5   15.8 14.4   14.8 14.8  
Suburban  36.7 35.0 31.3 33.1   14.2 13.7   11.0 12.8  
Rural  32.9 36.6 33.8 29.7   14.7 16.3   13.8 10.0  
— Not available.
! Interpret data with caution.
1 Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity.
2 The response categories for race/ethnicity changed in 1999 making comparisons of some categories with earlier years problematic. In 1993, 1995, and 1997, Asian students and Pacific Islander students were not categorized separately and students were not given the option of choosing more than one race.
NOTE: "On school property" was not defined for survey respondents. The term "anywhere" is not used in the YRBS questionnaire; students are simply asked how many times in the last 12 months they have been in a physical fight.
SOURCE: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS), various years, 1993–2007.
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