After reviewing the measures of connectedness that are in use worldwide, and the data that are available in our region, we have selected the following measures of connectedness as part of the shared measurement system for the Child & Youth Health Network.
This is a long-term project. We hope to be able to increase connectedness for children and youth over decades, and as one contribution to improved mental health for young people in our region.
The sources of available data are few and through this process we identified more data gaps than data. Currently available data sources include:
- Adolescent Health Survey (AHS) (McCreary Centre Society): grades 7-12
- BC School Satisfaction Survey (BCSS) (Ministry of Education): grade 10 & 12
- Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI) (Human Early Learning Partnership): grade 7*
*The MDI data sets are incomplete. South Vancouver Island data available from SD61 only and BC data is available from just a subset of school districts in the province.
The Measures of Connectedness
- Family connectedness scale (AHS)
- How often did parent(s)/guardian(s) know what you were doing? (AHS)
- How often did parent(s)/guardian(s) eat an evening meal with you? (AHS)
- If you were having a serious problem, is there an adult in your family that you feel okay talking to? (AHS)
- The quality of relationships grade 7 students have with adults in their home (MDI)
- School Connectedness Scale (AHS)
- School Connectedness Composite Measure (designed by the Ministry of Health using BCSS data)
- The quality of relationships students have with adults at school (MDI)
- The quality of relationships students have with adults in the neighbourhood/community (MDI)
- In your neighbourhood /community, is there an adult who really cares about you? (AHS)
- How much you feel like you belong to your community? (AHS)
- If you were having a serious problem, is there an adult outside your family that you would feel okay talking to? (AHS)
- Peer Belonging Scale (MDI)
- Friendship Intimacy Scale (MDI)