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Education Reporter
NUMBER 168 THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS JANUARY 2000

Profiles of Student Life
Attitudes and Behaviors (Sample Questions)
How important is each of the following to you in your life? Mark one answer (Not Important, Somewhat Important, Not Sure, Quite Important, Extremely Important) for each.

  9. Being religious or spiritual. 
11. Getting to know people of a different race than I am. 
12. Speaking up for equality (everyone should have the same rights and opportunities). 
13. Giving time or money to make life better for other people. 
31. During the last four weeks, how many days of school have you missed because you skipped or "ditched"? 

How much do you agree or disagree with the following? (Strongly Agree, Agree, Not Sure, Disagree, Strongly Disagree)

36. On the whole, I like myself. 
38. I like to do exciting things, even if they are dangerous. 
39. At times, I think I am no good at all. 
48. My parents often tell me they love me. 

During the last 12 months, how many times have you . . . ?

56. Stolen something from a store 
57. Gotten into trouble with the police 
58. Hit or beat up someone 
59. Damaged property just for fun (such as breaking windows, scratching a car, putting paint on walls, etc.)

People who know me would say that this is (Not at all like me, A little like me, Somewhat like me, Quite like me, Very much like me) . . .

68. Knowing how to say "no" when someone wants me to do things I know are wrong or dangerous. 
72. Respecting the values and beliefs of people who are of a different race or culture than I am. 
73. Giving up when things get hard for me. 
78. Enjoying being with people who are of a different race than I am. 
84. Think back over the last two weeks. How many times have you had five or more drinks in a row? (A "drink" is a glass of wine, a bottle or can of beer, a shot glass of liquor, or a mixed drink.) 
85. If you came home from a party and your parents found out that you had been drinking, how upset do you think they would be? 
86. How many times, if any, have you smoked cigarettes in your lifetime? 
89. During the last two weeks, how many cigarettes have you smoked? 
93. How many times have you used cocaine (crack, coke, snow, rock) during the last 12 months? 
95. During the last 12 months, how many times have you driven a car after you had been drinking? 
99. In an average week, how many times do all of the people in your family who live with you eat dinner together? 
100. How often did you feel sad or depressed during the last month? 
101. Have you ever tried to kill yourself? 
102. Have you ever had sexual intercourse ("gone all the way," "made love")? 
103. When you have sex, how often do you and/or your partner use a birth control method such as birth control pills, a condom (rubber), foam, diaphragm, or IUD?

How much do you agree or disagree with the following?

110. Sometimes I feel like my life has no purpose.  
113. Adults in my town or city make me feel important. 

During the last 12 months, how many times have you . . . ?

119. Hurt someone badly enough to need bandages or a doctor 
120. Used a knife, gun or other weapon to get something from a person 
121. If you had an important concern about drugs, alcohol, sex, or some other serious issue, would you talk to your parents about it? 
122. How much of the time do your parents ask you where you are going or with whom you will be? 
Among the people you consider to be your closest friends, how many . . . ?  
123. Drink alcohol once a week or more 
124. Have used drugs such as marijuana or cocaine 
126. Get into trouble at school 
129. How often do you feel afraid of getting hurt by someone in your home?

How much do you agree or disagree with the following? (Strongly agree, Agree, Not sure, Disagree, Strongly disagree)

134. I don't care how I do in school. 
135. I have lots of good conversations with my parents. 

During the last 12 months, how many times have you . . . ?

139. Carried a knife or gun to protect yourself 
140. Threatened to physically hurt someone 
141. Gambled (for example, bought lottery tickets or tabs, bet money on sports teams or card games, etc.) 
153. How often do you binge eat (eat a lot of food in a short period of time) and then make yourself throw up or use laxatives to get rid of the food you have eaten? 

 
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