Indicators of Child, Family, and Community Connections. Youth connection to school peers

08/01/2004

Overall, 56 percent of youth felt connected to peers in their school in the 1995-96 school year. Approximately 60 percent of students attending middle or mixed(a) schools reported feeling connected to peers in their school, and 54 percent of high school students reported feelings of connection. This difference in reported rates of connection to peers by school level is not statistically significant.

Percentage of youth who feel connected to peers in their school,
by level of school: 1995-1996

Percentage of youth who feel connected to peers in their school, by level of school: 1995-1996. See text for explanation.

a. A mixed school contains both middle and high school grade levels.
Source: Child Trends' analyses of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health Wave 1, 1995-1996.

  Percent
Table 16a.
Percentage of youth(a) who feel connected to peers in their school,
by selected characteristics:(b) 1995-1996
Total 56.3
Gender
  Male 57.7
  Female 54.8
Immigrant Status(c)
  Native-born 56.5
  Foreign-born 53.6
School Level(d)
  Middle school 59.4
  Mixed 60.4
  High school 53.8
a. Youth in grades 7-12.
b. Perceptions of connectedness to peers are based on a three-item scale that includes measures of whether students feel close to people at school, feel part of their school, and feel happy at their school.
c. Native-born includes U.S. citizens born in foreign countries.
d. A middle school ends at or before the 9th grade. A high school begins at or after the 9th grade. A mixed school contains both middle and high school grade levels.
Source: Child Trends' analyses of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health Wave 1, 1995-1996.

 

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