Measure Status: Active
Measurement Category: Category 2: Measuring quality of effort (% of reach; satisfaction)
Service Type: Bottom level: public health services and systems
Service Recipient: Activities directed to families/children/youth
Goal: Increase the percentage of youth reporting a connection to at least one caring adult, as a measure of positive youth development (PYD) and a protective factor against injury.
Numerator: Estimated number of youth in Texas (grades 9-12) reporting a connection to at least one caring adult during a specific year
Denominator: Total number of youth (grades 9-12) in Texas during a specific year
Significance: New research is showing that adolescents who have positive connections to at least one adult in their life have increased protective factors and are less likely to participate in risky behaviors that can lead to injury and death. Positive youth development (PYD) focuses on the development of relationships with caring adults, supportive relationships with parents, supportive peer networks, promoting positive connections to school, supportive communities, and opportunities to experiment in healthy ways.
Data Sources and Data Issues: Data Source: Texas Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS)
Texas YRBSS is a school-based survey of representative samples of 9th through 12th grade students in Texas. The survey monitors priority health risk behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death, disability, and social problems among youth and adults. The YRBSS survey is conducted every two years. Starting with 2017 YRBSS data (which should be available in FY18), this estimate will be the percentage of youth who reported that they either ate dinner at home with parents or guardians 4 of the last 7 days, or that they felt comfortable seeking help from an adult other than their parents if they had an important question affecting their life
Data Issues: All data collected by YRBSS are self-reported. Furthermore, response rates to the YRBSS are lower than ideal and declining. YRBSS findings are intended for population surveillance and have only limited generalizability to specific geographic subgroups such as counties or cities. In 2015, Texas YRBSS did not receive enough data for results to be considered representative of youth across the state, so 2013 YRBSS data were used as a baseline to estimate annual objectives. In the 2013 YRBSS, only information about whether youth ate dinner at home with parents/guardians 4 of the last 7 days was available.
Unit Type: Percentage, Unit Number: 100