United States Adolescent Health Facts

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 Supportive neighborhoods, ages 12-17, 2003 and 2007  HR1
Percent of adolescents ages 12-17 who live in a supportive neighborhood (according to parent)20032007
Total83%85%

Supportive neighborhood information is reported by parents and is 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. Choosing a "disagree" option on more than one statement removes someone from living in a supportive neighborhood.

 Positive social skills, ages 12-17, 2003 and 2007  HR1
Percent of adolescents ages 12-17 who consistently exhibit positive social skills (according to parent)20032007
Total92%93%

Positive social skills is a composite measure of four positive social skills. Positive social skills are reported by parents and include respect for teachers and neighbors; getting along well with other children; trying to understand other people's feelings; and trying to resolve conflicts with classmates, family, or friends.

 Sexual relationships among high school students (Grades 9-12), 2009 and 2011  HR2
Percent of high school students who have ever had sexual intercourse20092011
Total46%47%
Male46%49%
Female46%46%

 Bullying among high school students (Grades 9-12), 2009 and 2011  HR2
Percent of high school students who were bullied on school property (during the 12 months before the survey)20092011
Total20%20%
Male19%18%
Female21%22%
Percent of high school students who have ever been electronically bullied (during the 12 months before the survey)20092011
TotalN/A16%
MaleN/A11%
FemaleN/A22%

Electronic bullying includes bullying through e-mail, chat rooms, instant messaging, Web sites, or texting.

 Violence among high school students (Grades 9-12), 2009 and 2011  HR2
Percent of high school students who carried a weapon on at least one day (for example, a gun, knife, or club during the 30 days before the survey)20092011
Total17%17%
Male27%26%
Female7%7%
Percent of high school students who carried a gun on at least one day (during the 30 days before the survey)20092011
Total6%5%
Male10%9%
Female2%1%
Percent of high school students who were in a physical fight one or more times (during the 12 months before the survey)20092011
Total31%33%
Male39%41%
Female23%24%
Percent of high school students who were injured in a physical fight one or more times (injuries had to be treated by a doctor or nurse, during the 12 months before the survey)20092011
Total4%4%
Male5%5%
Female2%3%
 Violence at school among high school students (Grades 9-12), 2009 and 2011  HR2
Percent of high school students who carried a weapon on school property on at least one day (for example, a gun, knife, or club during the 30 days before the survey)20092011
Total6%5%
Male8%8%
Female3%2%
Percent of high school students who 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)20092011
Total5%6%
Male5%6%
Female5%6%
Percent of high school students who were threatened or injured with a weapon on school property one or more times (for example, a gun, knife, or club during the 12 months before the survey)20092011
Total8%7%
Male10%10%
Female5%5%
Percent of high school students who were in a physical fight on school property one or more times (during the 12 months before the survey)20092011
Total11%12%
Male15%16%
Female7%8%

 Dating violence among high school students (Grades 9-12), 2009 and 2011  HR2
Percent of high school students who were hit, slapped, or physically hurt on purpose by their boyfriend or girlfriend (during the 12 months before the survey)20092011
Total10%9%
Male10%9%
Female9%9%
Percent of high school students who were ever physically forced to have sexual intercourse (when they did not want to)20092011
Total7%8%
Male5%4%
Female10%12%

DATA NOTES

All percentages have been rounded to the nearest whole number.
N/A: data do not exist on this measure for this state.

DATA SOURCES

HR1

Supportive neighborhoods and positive social skill 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. Portland, OR: Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative; The Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health. Retrieved October 10, 2012, from http://www.childhealthdata.org/browse/survey.

HR2

High school data are from: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2012). 1991-2011 High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey data. Retrieved October 10, 2012, from http://apps.nccd.cdc.gov/youthonline

Last updated: July 19, 2013