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AH-3.1 Data Details

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

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

National 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
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
Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective
Not applicable
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.

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.