Pennsylvania Youth Survey

Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAYS) Since 1989, the Commonwealth has conducted a survey of school students in the 6th, 8th, 10th and 12th grades to learn about their behavior, attitudes and knowledge concerning alcohol, tobacco, other drugs and violence. The Pennsylvania Youth Survey - or PAYS - is sponsored and conducted every two years by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. We are proud to share that all 13 public school districts participated in the 2015 and 2017 surveys!


According to the 2015 Pennsylvania Youth Survey:

  • One of Bucks County’s highest risk factors is Parental Attitudes Favorable Towards Antisocial Behavior, which means that youth surveyed in 6th, 8th, 10th and 12th grades in Bucks County indicated they perceive it be “okay” or feel that their parents would be “okay” with antisocial behaviors which include substance use (underage drinking, smoking tobacco or marijuana, etc.).

  • 25% of Bucks County students surveyed responded that parents or friends’ parents provided them with alcohol in the past 12 months.

  • 45% of Bucks County students surveyed responded that a friend or family member provided them with a prescription drug in the past 12 months.


PAYS 2019The PAYS will next be administered during the fall of 2019. Local Summary Reports presenting the results will be sent to the Superintendents of participating school districts and private/charter schools in April 2020. More information  |  Timeline and Fact Sheet