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AH-3.1 Increase the proportion of adolescents who have an adult in their lives with whom they can talk about serious problems

About the Data: National

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

Data Source: 
National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH); Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Changed Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch: 
Yes
Measure: 
percent
Baseline (Year): 
75.6 (2008)
Target: 
83.2
Target-Setting Method: 
10 percent improvement
Numerator: 

Number of adolescents aged 12 to 17 years who have an adult in their lives with whom they can talk about serious problems

Denominator: 

Number of adolescents aged 12 to 17 years

Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective: 
Not applicable
Questions Used to Obtain the National Baseline Data: 

    From the 2008 National Survey on Drug Use and Health:

    [NUMERATOR:]

    If you wanted to talk to someone about a serious problem, which of the following people would you turn to?

    1. There is nobody I can talk to about serious problems
    2. My mother or father or guardian
    3. My boyfriend or girlfriend
    4. Some other adult
    5. Some other person or persons
    6. Don't know/Refused
Data Collection Frequency: 
Annual
Methodology Notes: 

    Adolescents aged 12 to 17 are considered to have an adult in their life with whom they can talk about serious problems if they responded either (2) My mother or father or guardian or (4) Some other adult.

Trend Issues: 
Estimates prior to data year 2015 were removed for country of birth and geographic location due to a questionnaire redesign of the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) beginning in data year 2015, which resulted in a break in trend. Estimates were removed for both national level, and state-level data including the category ‘all reporting states’.

About the Data: State

Description of the data source, numerator, denominator, survey questions, and other relevant details about the state-level data.

Data Source: 
National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH); Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Measure: 
percent
Numerator: 

Number of adolescents aged 12 to 17 years who have an adult in their lives with whom they can talk about serious problems

Denominator: 

Number of adolescents aged 12 to 17 years

Questions Used to Obtain the State Data: 

      From the 2008 National Survey on Drug Use and Health:

      [NUMERATOR:]

      If you wanted to talk to someone about a serious problem, which of the following people would you turn to?

      1. There is nobody I can talk to about serious problems
      2. My mother or father or guardian
      3. My boyfriend or girlfriend
      4. Some other adult
      5. Some other person or persons
      6. Don't know/Refused
Data Collection Frequency: 
Annual
Methodology Notes: 

      Adolescents aged 12 to 17 are considered to have an adult in their life with whom they can talk about serious problems if they responded either (2) My mother or father or guardian or (4) Some other adult.

Trend Issues: 
Estimates prior to data year 2015 were removed for country of birth and geographic location due to a questionnaire redesign of the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) beginning in data year 2015, which resulted in a break in trend. Estimates were removed for both national level, and state-level data including the category ‘all reporting states’.

Revision History

Any change to the objective text, baseline, target, target-setting method or data source since the Healthy People 2020 launch.

Description of Changes Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch: 
During regular data collection and processing checks, errors were identified in the NSDUH data. These errors affected the data for Pennsylvania (2006-2010) and Maryland (2008-2009). These errors had minimal impact on the national estimates and no effect on direct estimates for the other 48 states and the District of Columbia. Comparing estimates for Pennsylvania, Maryland, the mid-Atlantic division, and the Northeast region were of most concern. As a result, in 2013 the original baseline was revised from 75.7 to 75.6 percent. The target was adjusted from 83.3 to 83.2 percent to reflect the revised baseline using the original target-setting method.