Adolescent connectedness has lasting effects


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Division of Adolescent & School Health (DASH), Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)

This webpage provides evidence of the association between poor school, family and community connectedness among adolescents and health risks which include suicidal thoughts, plans, attempts and medically treated attempts. Conversely, protective effects of connectedness have been shown to persist into adulthood among youth who feel engaged and supported at school, in their communities and at home. This resource supplies recommendations for schools, families and healthcare providers to promote connectedness among youth and describes what the CDC is doing to support youth connectedness.