Adolescent Connectedness Has Lasting Effects

“Feeling more connected in their schools and to their families during adolescence resulted in as much as a 48% to 66% lower risk of poor health outcomes in adulthood, depending on the specific health outcome, including:

  • About a 65% reduction in lifetime prescription drug misuse and other illicit drug use.
  • 54% reduction in ever having been diagnosed with an STD.
  • 51% reduction in having been the victim of physical violence in the last 12 months.”

Here is a great article from the CDC explains how schools, families, and healthcare providers can help their youth grow their protective factors through adolescent connectedness.