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United States Adolescent Healthy Relationships Facts

Family meals, ages 12-17, 2011-12 and 2016 HR1

Percent of adolescents ages 12-17 who: 2011-12 2016
Ate a meal together with all family members on 4-6 days in the past week (according to parent) N/A* 31%

Supportive neighborhoods, ages 12-17, 2011-12 and 2016 HR1

Percent of adolescents ages 12-17 who: 2011-12 2016
Live in a supportive neighborhood1 (according to parent) N/A* 55%

Adult mentor, ages 12-17, 2011-12 and 2016 HR1

Percent of adolescents ages 12-17 who: 2011-12 2016
Have at least 1 adult mentor-like relationship in school, neighborhood, or community (according to parent) N/A* 89%

Bullying among high school students (grades 9-12), 2015 and 2017 HR2

Percent of high school students who report they were bullied on school property (during the 12 months before the survey) 2015 2017
Total 20% 19%
Male 16% 16%
Female 25% 22%
Percent of high school students who report they were electronically bullied2 (during the 12 months before the survey) 2015 2017
Total 16% 15%
Male 10% 10%
Female 22% 20%

Violence among high school students (grades 9-12), 2015 and 2017 HR2

Percent of high school students who report they carried a weapon (for example, a gun, knife, or club) on at least 1 day (during the 30 days before the survey) 2015 2017
Total 16% 16%
Male 24% 24%
Female 8% 7%
Percent of high school students who report they carried a gun on at least 1 day (during the 30 days before the survey) 2015 2017
Total 5% 5%
Male 9% 8%
Female 2% 2%
Percent of high school students who report they were in a physical fight 1 or more times (during the 12 months before the survey) 2015 2017
Total 23% 24%
Male 28% 30%
Female 16% 17%

Violence AT SCHOOL among high school students (grades 9-12), 2015 and 2017 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 1 day (during the 30 days before the survey) 2015 2017
Total 4% 4%
Male 6% 6%
Female 2% 2%
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 1 day (during the 30 days before the survey) 2015 2017
Total 6% 7%
Male 5% 6%
Female 6% 7%
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 1 or more times (during the 12 months before the survey) 2015 2017
Total 6% 6%
Male 7% 8%
Female 5% 4%
Percent of high school students who report they were in a physical fight on school property 1 or more times (during the 12 months before the survey) 2015 2017
Total 8% 9%
Male 10% 12%
Female 5% 6%

Relationship violence among high school students who report dating in the past 12 months (grades 9-12), 2015 and 2017 HR2

Percent of high school students who report they experienced physical dating violence3 on purpose by someone they were dating or going out with 1 or more times during the 12 months before the survey 2015 2017
Total 10% 8%
Male 7% 7%
Female 12% 9%
Percent of high school students who report they experienced sexual dating violence4 1 or more times during the 12 months before the survey 2015 2017
Total 11% 7%
Male 5% 3%
Female 16% 11%

Sexual intercourse among high school students (grades 9-12), 2015 and 2017 HR2

Percent of high school students who report they have ever had sexual intercourse 2015 2017
Total 41% 40%
Male 43% 41%
Female 39% 38%

Forced sex among high school students (grades 9-12), 2015 and 2017HR2

Percent of high school students who report they were ever physically forced to have sexual intercourse (when they did not want to) 2015 2017
Total 7% 7%
Male 3% 3%
Female 10% 11%

DATA NOTES

All percentages have been rounded to the nearest whole number.

N/A* The 2016 National Survey of Children's Health (NSCH) included changes to select items and to how the survey was administered; the Maternal and Child Health Bureau advises that it is not possible to compare estimates between 2011/12 and 2016 on this measure, so the earlier estimate has been omitted for this publication.

1
The 2016 National Survey of Children’s Health defines supportive neighborhoods based on parent reports that: “people in my neighborhood help each other out,” “we watch out for each other's children in this neighborhood,” and “when we encounter difficulties, we know where to go for help in our community.” Parents were asked whether they definitely agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree, or definitely disagree with each statement. Supportive neighborhoods are those where the parent reported “definitely agree” to at least one of the items, and “somewhat agree” or “definitely agree” to the other two items.
2
The Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) defines electronic bullying as “being bullied through texting, Instagram, Facebook, or other social media
3
The YRBS defines physical dating violence as “being physically hurt on purpose (counting such things as being hit, slammed into something, or injured with an object or weapon) by someone they were dating or going out with.”
4
The YRBS defines sexual dating violence as “being forced to do sexual things (counting such things as kissing, touching, or being physically forced to have sexual intercourse) they did not want to do by someone they were dating or going out with.”

DATA SOURCES

HR1
Family meals, supportive neighborhoods, and adult mentor-like relationships data are from: Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health. (n.d.) National Survey of Children's Health, 2016 [Data set]. Retrieved from http://www.childhealthdata.org/browse/survey?s=2
HR2
High school data are from: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2018). 1991-2017 High School Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System [Data set]. Retrieved from http://nccd.cdc.gov/Youthonline/App/Default.aspx

 

Content created by Office of Adolescent Health
Content last reviewed on May 24, 2019