Indiana University Bloomington

About the Indiana Youth Survey (INYS)

The Indiana Youth Survey, formerly the Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Use Survey, has been serving Indiana schools and communities since 1991. Funded by the Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction, the Indiana Youth Survey (INYS) is distributed and administered every spring, free of charge, in any Indiana school that wishes to participate. The self-report survey asks students in Grades 6-12 a variety of questions about substance use, mental health, gambling, and potential risk and protective factors for these behaviors.

Purpose of the Survey

The Indiana Youth Survey is conducted for two purposes:

  • To provide local schools and their communities with valid estimates of the prevalence of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use among their students, as well as mental health, gambling behaviors, and levels of risk and protective factors present in the students’ lives.
  • To provide the State of Indiana with similar estimates of prevalence on a statewide basis.

Survey Reports

Each participating school corporation will receive a report of their results, highlighting major findings among their students. These data can provide important information to school administrators and guide their decision making on school policies, prevention programs, and collaboration with community partners. The State also benefits from the survey, receiving a statewide report of results which they use to guide planning and prevention efforts across Indiana.

Additional Questions

Schools have the option to add up to 15 questions of their choice to their local survey. For more information about adding questions, please see our creating additional questions page.

Survey Questionnaires

The survey takes approximately 15 - 20 minutes to complete. The sample INYS survey questionnaires can be viewed here: