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Youth Indicators, 2005: Trends in the Well-Being of American Youth

Indicator 49: Personal Safety

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Table 49. Percentage of high school students who participated in behaviors that may endanger their safety, by race/ethnicity and sex: Various years, 1993 to 2003
 2003
 Race/ethnicity
Behavior and sex1993 Total1995 Total1997 Total1999 Total2001 TotalTotal1White, non-HispanicBlack non-HispanicHispanic
Carried a weapon2,3
Total22.120.018.317.317.417.116.717.316.5
 Male34.331.127.728.629.326.927.124.924.3
 Female9.28.37.06.06.26.75.59.88.5
Drove after drinking alcohol2
Total13.515.416.913.113.312.112.99.111.7
 Male17.618.521.017.417.215.015.213.414.9
 Female9.111.912.08.79.58.910.34.68.6
Rode with a driver who had been drinking alcohol2
Total35.338.836.633.130.730.228.530.936.4
 Male36.339.538.334.431.829.227.331.832.8
 Female34.537.834.531.729.631.129.829.840.0
Carried a gun2
Total7.97.65.94.95.76.15.96.05.4
 Male13.712.39.69.010.310.210.010.68.2
 Female1.82.51.50.81.31.61.51.42.6
Engaged in a physical fight4
Total41.838.736.635.733.233.030.539.736.1
 Male51.246.145.544.043.140.538.445.642.6
 Female31.730.626.027.323.925.122.134.029.5
Injured in a physical fight4,5
Total4.04.23.54.04.04.22.95.55.2
 Male5.25.74.65.35.25.74.07.36.5
 Female2.72.52.22.82.92.61.73.73.9
Never or rarely wore a bicycle helmet4,6
Total92.892.888.485.384.785.983.894.690.1
 Male92.293.388.486.786.387.285.295.091.4
 Female93.692.388.383.682.684.282.094.387.9
1Includes other race/ethnicity categories not separately shown.
2One or more times during the 30 days preceding the survey.
3Examples of a weapon are a gun, knife, or club.
4One or more times during the 12 months preceding the survey.
5Physical fight resulting in injury requiring attention by doctor or nurse.
6Percentages based on those students who rode a bicycle in the past 12 months.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance—United States, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, and 2003.

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