United States Adolescent Healthy Relationships Facts

Supportive neighborhoods, ages 12-17, 2007 and 2011-2012 HR1
Percent of adolescents ages 12-17 who live in a supportive neighborhood (according to parent)20072011-2012
Total85%84%

The National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH) defines supportive neighborhoods as reported by parents and based on the statements: "people in my neighborhood help each other out; we watch out for each other's children in this neighborhood; there are people I can count on in this neighborhood; if my child were outside playing and got hurt or scared, there are adults nearby who I trust to help my child." Parents were asked whether they strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree, or strongly disagree with each statement. Supportive neighborhoods are those where the parent indicated a 'disagree' option for no more than one statement.

Adult mentor, ages 12-17, 2007 and 2011-2012 HR1
Percent of adolescents ages 12-17 who have at least one adult mentor-like relationship in school, neighborhood, or community (according to parent)20072011-2012
TotalUnavailable89%

Unavailable: These were new measures in 2013.

Sexual relationships among high school students (grades 9-12), 2011 and 2013 HR2
Percent of high school students who report they have ever had sexual intercourse20112013
Total47%47%
Male49%47%
Female46%46%
Family meals, ages 12-17, 2007 and 2011-2012 HR1
Percent of adolescents ages 12-17 who ate a meal together with all family members (on 4-6 days in the past week)20072011-2012
Total36%37%
Bullying among high school students (grades 9-12), 2011 and 2013 HR2
Percent of high school students who report they were bullied on school property (during the 12 months before the survey)20112013
Total20%20%
Male18%16%
Female22%24%
Percent of high school students who report they were bullied electronically (during the 12 months before the survey)20112013
Total16%15%
Male11%9%
Female22%21%

The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBS) defines electronic bullying as "bullying through e-mail, chat rooms, instant messaging, websites or texting."

Violence among high school students (grades 9-12), 2011 and 2013 HR2
Percent of high school students who report they carried a weapon (for example, a gun, knife, or club) on at least one day (during the 30 days before the survey)20112013
Total17%18%
Male26%28%
Female7%8%
Percent of high school students who report they carried a gun on at least one day (during the 30 days before the survey)20112013
Total5%6%
Male9%9%
Female1%2%
Percent of high school students who report they were in a physical fight one or more times (during the 12 months before the survey)20112013
Total33%25%
Male41%30%
Female24%19%
Percent of high school students who report they were injured in a physical fight (and had to be treated by a doctor or nurse) one or more times (during the 12 months before the survey)20112013
Total4%3%
Male5%4%
Female3%2%
Violence at school among high school students (grades 9-12), 2011 and 2013 HR2
Percent of high school students who report they carried a weapon (for example, a gun, knife, or club) on school property on at least one day (during the 30 days before the survey)20112013
Total5%5%
Male8%8%
Female2%3%
Percent of high school students who report they did not go to school because they felt unsafe at school or on their way to or from school on at least one day (during the 30 days before the survey)20112013
Total6%7%
Male6%5%
Female6%9%
Percent of high school students who report they were threatened or injured with a weapon (for example, a gun, knife, or club) on school property one or more times (during the 12 months before the survey)20112013
Total7%7%
Male10%8%
Female5%6%
Percent of high school students who report they were in a physical fight on school property one or more times (during the 12 months before the survey)20112013
Total12%8%
Male16%11%
Female8%6%
Dating violence among high school students who report dating in the past 12 months (grades 9-12), 2011 and 2013 HR2
Percent of high school students who report they experienced physical dating violence, including being hit, slammed into something, or injured with an object or weapon on purpose by someone they were dating or going out with (during the 12 months before the survey)20112013
TotalUnavailable10%
MaleUnavailable7%
FemaleUnavailable13%
Percent of high school students who report they experienced sexual dating violence, including kissing, touching or being physically forced to have sexual intercourse (when they did not want to) by someone they were dating or going out with (during the 12 months before the survey)20112013
TotalUnavailable10%
MaleUnavailable6%
FemaleUnavailable14%

Unavailable: These were new measures in 2013.

Forced sex among high school students (grades 9-12), 2013 HR2
Percent of high school students who report they were ever physically forced to have sexual intercourse (when they did not want to)20112013
Total8%7%
Male4%4%
Female12%10%

DATA NOTES

All percentages have been rounded to the nearest whole number.

DATA SOURCES

HR1

Supportive neighborhoods, adult mentor-like relationships, and family meals data are from: Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative; The Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health. National Survey of Children's Health, 2007 and 2011-2012. Portland, OR. Retrieved August 29, 2014, from http://www.childhealthdata.org/browse/survey?s=2

HR2

High school data are from: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2014). 1991-2013 High School Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System data. Retrieved August 28, 2014, from http://nccd.cdc.gov/youthonline/App/Default.aspx

Last updated: July 29, 2016