Percent of adolescents who feel "connected" with their parents/family

 

Definition:

The degree to which adolescents feel “connected“ with their parents/family

Evaluators measure connections in terms of the close­ness of relationships between adolescents and parents or other adult family members or caretakers.

This indicator is calculated as:

(# of adolescents who report feeling connected to their parents/families/Total # of adolescents) x 100

Data Requirements:

Responses to survey questions on the degree of family "connectedness“ among adolescents. Evaluators may include the following types of items in indices of con­nectedness:

Evaluators may want to disaggregate by the following age ranges: 10-14, 15-19, and 20-24.

Data Sources:

Surveys of program participants or youth in the program‘s intended population

Purpose:

Studies in both the U.S. and developing countries have shown that feeling “connected“ with parents and/or adult family members protects adolescents against risky sexual behaviors and thus against adverse sexual and reproductive health outcomes (Resnick et al., 1997). This indicator thus measures the degree of connections between adolescents in the program‘s intended population and their parents/fami­lies. For diagnostic purposes, the indicator measures the percent of adolescents in the program‘s intended population that may be vulnerable to negative influences and to adverse outcomes. In settings where the level of connectedness is low, programs for parents and/or the provision of alternative mentors may be called for.  In such programs, evaluators may also use the indicator as an intermediate outcome indicator to measure improve­ments in the social environment for adolescents in the program‘s intended population.