Adolescent Connectedness and Adult Health Outcomes
June 24, 2019 – CDC study further suggests family and school support for youth protects against multiple health risks into adulthood
Prior studies have documented protective health effects of school and family connectedness in adolescence, but this new CDC study found that school and family connectedness in adolescence has protective effects for health risk behaviors and experiences related to mental health, violence, sexual health, and substance use well into adulthood.
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Findings from the new study also show that school and family connectedness during adolescence has protective associations across a range of adult health outcomes related to mental health, violence, sexual behavior, and substance use. The study suggests when teens felt connected to family and school, they were 51 percent less likely to report having experienced physical violence in the past year as adults.