Complete Indicator Profile of Support Systems - Adolescents (Grades 9-12) - 3 or more adults (besides their parent(s)) (HA2020 Leading Health Indicator: 10)
DefinitionAdolescents (students in grades 9-12) who felt comfortable seeking help from 3 or more adults if they had an important question affecting their life.
NumeratorAdolescents (students in grades 9-12) who responded with 3, 4, or 5 or more adults to the question: "Besides your parents, how many adults would you feel comfortable seeking help from if you had an important question affecting your life?"
DenominatorNumber of adolescents (students in grades 9-12) with complete and valid responses to the question.
Why Is This Important?Family and social support, including quality relationships with family, friends, colleagues, and the community, are associated with positive health status and outcomes. Family and social support can help provide youth with the support, resources, and opportunities needed to succeed as well as build resiliency to life stressors. There is growing evidence that for youth, having adults in their lives to whom they are bonded and with whom they have good communication is a protective factor. Protective factors can reduce the negative effects of life stressors and can increase an individual's ability to avoid risk behaviors. Enhancing protective factors among youth can help children and adolescents avoid behaviors that place them at risk for adverse health and educational outcomes.
Healthy People Objective AH-3.1:Increase the proportion of adolescents who have an adult in their lives with whom they can talk about serious problems
U.S. Target: 83.3 percent
State Target: Healthy Alaskans 2020 Target: 47.0% for 3 or more adults (besides their parent(s))
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Graphical Data Views
Percentage of adolescents (students in grades 9-12 in traditional high schools) with 3 or more adults (besides their parent(s)) who they feel comfortable seeking help from, all Alaskans and Alaska Natives, 2003-2019
Data NotesHealthy Alaskans 2020 Target: 47.0% for 3 or more adults (besides their parent(s))
** Data Not Available
Weighted Alaska data for this indicator were obtained in 2003, 2007, 2009, 2011, and 2013. In 2005, the Alaska YRBS did not obtain the 60% overall response rate to ensure that data would be representative of all high school students. Traditional high schools are public high schools that are distinct from correspondence schools, alternative high schools, which serve students at risk of not graduating, and students enrolled in high school in correctional facilities. Healthy Alaskans 2020 goals were established using results from traditional high school students.
Data SourcesYRBS Alaska Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Public Health, Section of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, School Health and YRBS Program 1
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Page Content Updated On 02/20/2014, Published on 02/20/2014