Colorado Family Advocate Survey Summary
In honor of October’s Let’s Talk Month, which promotes family-child communication about sexual health, Colorado Youth Matter released its first report on Colorado families’ support for youth sexual health. Colorado Youth Matter’s report – Colorado Family Advocate Survey Summary 2013 – reveals the expectations, motivators, barriers and needs of adults to provide sexual health information to the youth in their lives. The results will inform families, community partners, decision-makers, funders and schools in guiding programs, funding and policies to support adult and family engagement in youth sexual health.
Among the notable data, Colorado survey respondents said they:
- See themselves as Askable Adults (58%) while more see themselves as Family Advocates (77%) – defined within the report.
- Expect public schools to teach comprehensive sexual health education (77%), though only 22% believe it is actually being taught in public schools.
- Are responsible for educating themselves to respond to youth questions appropriately (68%).
- Do know what to say to youth about sex and sexual health (85%), but are less certain of how much to say (71%), how to say it (63%) and when to say it (53%).
In addition to survey results, the report provides recommendations on strategies for youth, families, communities and systems to enhance adult involvement in promoting the rights and services for youth.