Do Health Behaviors of Connecticut Youth Differ by Their Race and Ethnicity? The Connecticut School Health Survey 2005

Back • Publication Date: May 14th, 2007

Authors: Gabrielle Grode MPH, Priscilla Canny Ph.D., and Elizabeth Clark

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This analysis of data from the 2005 Connecticut School Health Survey finds that alcohol and cigarette use is more common among white teens in Connecticut than among black and Hispanic youth. Connecticut youth of color, by comparison, are more likely than white adolescents to engage in risky sexual behaviors, be depressed, fail to wear seat belts, and be overweight. The report recommends that the findings be used to more effectively target health prevention initiatives.