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AH-8 Data Details

AH-8 Increase the proportion of adolescents whose parents consider them to be safe at school

About the Data

Description of the data source, numerator, denominator, survey questions, and other relevant details about the national estimate.

National Data Source
National Survey of Children's Health (NSCH); Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics (HRSA/MCHB and CDC/NCHS)
Changed Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch
Baseline (Year)
86.4 (2007)
Target-Setting Method
10 percent improvement
Number of adolescents aged 12 to 17 years whose parents report that they feel their child is usually or always safe at school
Number of adolescents aged 12 to 17 years who live in households, attend school, and are not home-schooled
Questions Used to Obtain the National Baseline Data

From the 2007 National Survey on Children's Health:


How often do you feel [he/she] is safe at school? Would you say never, sometimes, usually, or always?

  1. Never
  2. Sometimes
  3. Usually
  4. Always
Data Collection Frequency
Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective
Not applicable
Methodology Notes

Adolescents whose parents answer usually or always are included in this measure.

Data for children with special health care needs includes children and youth identified by parents’ reports that their child has a health problem expected to last at least 12 months and which requires prescription medication, more services than most children, special therapies, or which limits his or her ability to do things most children can do.

Trend Issues
The samples in 2003 and 2007 were drawn by random digit dial telephone sampling. The 2011/12 survey included the addition of cell phones to the sample. This has implications for the comparability of items between 2007 and 2011/12.