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New Data Brief: Protective Factors in Cuyahoga County
In recognition of the start of the school year, the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) eam has released a new data brief titled Protective Factors in Cuyahoga County. Protective factors are characteristics, conditions or behaviors that can help ease the impact of stressful events in adolescents’ lives and encourage healthy behaviors. Overall, two in five Cuyahoga County high school students said they had at least  four protective factors in their lives. Students with a high number of protective facotrs were significantly less likely to engage in risk behaviors related to violence or substance use or experience depressive symptoms. As the number of protective factors increased in students, so did the amount of physical activity, good sleeping habits, and the amount of fruits and vegetables they consumed.
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