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Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2011
NCES 2012-002
February 2012


Table 13.1.

Percentage of students in grades 9–12 who reported having been in a physical fight at least one time during the previous 12 months, by location and selected student or school characteristics: Various years, 1993–2009


Student or school characteristic Anywhere   On school property
1993 1995 1997 1999 2001 2003 2005 2007 2009   1993 1995 1997 1999   2001 2003 2005 2007   2009
                                           
Total 41.8 38.7 36.6 35.7 33.2 33.0 35.9 35.5 31.5   16.2 15.5 14.8 14.2   12.5 12.8 13.6 12.4   11.1
                                           
Sex                                          
Male 51.2 46.1 45.5 44.0 43.1 40.5 43.4 44.4 39.3   23.5 21.0 20.0 18.5   18.0 17.1 18.2 16.3   15.1
Female 31.7 30.6 26.0 27.3 23.9 25.1 28.1 26.5 22.9   8.6 9.5 8.6 9.8   7.2 8.0 8.8 8.5   6.7
                                           
Race/ethnicity1                                          
White 40.3 36.0 33.7 33.1 32.2 30.5 33.1 31.7 27.8   15.0 12.9 13.3 12.3   11.2 10.0 11.6 10.2   8.6
Black 49.5 41.6 43.0 41.4 36.5 39.7 43.1 44.7 41.1   22.0 20.3 20.7 18.7   16.8 17.1 16.9 17.6   17.4
Hispanic 43.2 47.9 40.7 39.9 35.8 36.1 41.0 40.4 36.2   17.9 21.1 19.0 15.7   14.1 16.7 18.3 15.5   13.5
Asian 22.7 22.3 25.9 21.6 24.3 18.9   10.4   10.8 13.1 5.9 8.5   7.7
American Indian/Alaska Native 49.8 47.2 54.7 48.7 49.2 46.6 44.2 36.0 42.4   18.6 31.4 18.9 16.2 ! 18.2 24.2 22.0 15.0   20.7
Pacific Islander/Native Hawaiian2 50.7 51.7 30.0 34.4 42.6 32.6   25.3   29.1 22.2 24.5 9.6 ! 14.8
Two or more races2 40.2 39.6 38.2 46.9 47.8 34.2   16.9   14.7 20.2 15.8 19.6   12.4
                                           
Grade                                          
9th 50.4 47.3 44.8 41.1 39.5 38.6 43.5 40.9 37.0   23.1 21.6 21.3 18.6   17.3 18.0 18.9 17.0   14.9
10th 42.2 40.4 40.2 37.7 34.7 33.5 36.6 36.2 33.5   17.2 16.5 17.0 17.2   13.5 12.8 14.4 11.7   12.1
11th 40.5 36.9 34.2 31.3 29.1 30.9 31.6 34.8 28.6   13.8 13.6 12.5 10.8   9.4 10.4 10.4 11.0   9.5
12th 34.8 31.0 28.8 30.4 26.5 26.5 29.1 28.0 24.9   11.4 10.6 9.5 8.1   7.5 7.3 8.5 8.6   6.6
                                           
Urbanicity3                                          
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. The coefficient of variation (CV) for this estimate is 30 percent or greater.
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 two or more races.
3 Refers to the Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) status of the respondent’s household as defined in 2000 by the U.S. Census Bureau. Categories include "central city of an MSA (Urban)," "in MSA but not in central city (Suburban)," and "not MSA (Rural)."
NOTE: "On school property" was not defined for survey respondents. The term "anywhere" was not used in the YRBS questionnaire; students were simply asked how many times in the last 12 months they had 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, 1993–2009.
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