Status: Getting worse

Getting worse

Most Recent Data:
65.3 percent (2018-19)

73.0 percent

Desired Direction:
Increase desired

68.5 percent of children and adolescents aged 6 to 17 years had parents who reported that they and their child can share ideas or talk about things that matter in 2016-17

Increase the proportion of children and adolescents who communicate positively with their parents

Target-Setting Method
Percentage point improvement


Positive communication between parents and children includes talking about beliefs, experiences, and feelings. This type of communication is key to healthy relationships, and it can protect children from health risks and help them do better in school. Behavioral parenting and family interventions can increase positive communication between parents and children, including children with behavior disorders.