New Study Demonstrates Importance of School and Family Connectedness for Adolescent Health

A new study published in Pediatrics highlights the importance of school and family connectedness for adolescent health. In the article, Steiner et al. analyze data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health which indicate that school connectedness is associated with improved mental health, fewer sexual partners, and reduced risk for reduced violence, STIs, and substance use later in life. Similarly, family connectedness is protective against emotional distress, violence, sexual risk behaviors and STIs, and substance use. Overall, having high levels of both school and family connectedness was associated with 48% to 66% lower odds of health risk behaviors and outcomes in adulthood.

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About Kim Rodgers

Kim Rodgers serves as a Communications Specialist at NACCHO. Her work includes promoting local health departments' best practices, as well as partner tools and resources, in infectious disease and preparedness through NACCHO's communications channels, storytelling, and outreach to various audiences.

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