Contact between young people and their parents

The data in this indicator is no longer being updated.

Stats NZ is developing well-being indicators, Indicators Aotearoa New Zealand - Ngā Tūtohu Aotearoa, to track New Zealand’s progress. As the well-being indicators have similar aims to the NZ Progress Indicators and NZ Social Indicators, we are reviewing the future of these existing indicators.

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Why is this important for social statistics?

The contact between young people and their parents has far-reaching effects. A close and caring relationship with a parent is a predictor of good health and well-being for young people. Healthy relationships are built through the quantity and quality of time spent together (Adolescent Health Research Group – Youth'12 Overview).

This indicator measures the proportion of secondary school students aged 12 to18 years who said they get enough time with their mum and/or dad (or someone who acts as their mum and/or dad), most of the time.

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    Date published: August 2013 
    Next update expected: 2017
    Update frequency: Five-yearly
    Geographic coverage: National
    Demographic information available? Yes
    Internationally recognised measure? No
    Source: Adolescent Health Research Group – Youth’12 and Youth’07 surveys
    Reference: Clark, TC, Fleming, T, Bullen, P, Denny, S, Crengle, S, Dyson, B, Fortune, S, Lucassen, M, Peiris-John, R, Robinson, E, Rossen, F, Sheridan, J, Teevale, T, & Utter, J (2013). Youth’12 Overview: The health and wellbeing of New Zealand secondary school students in 2012. Auckland: The University of Auckland.
    Purpose of the survey or data: To measure a wide range of questions about factors that contribute to the health and well-being of young people. These include questions about:

    • ethnicity and culture
    • physical health
    • food and activities
    • substance use
    • sexual health
    • injuries and violence
    • home and family health
    • school achievement and participation
    • neighbourhood environment
    • spirituality
    • access to health care.

    Data quality: Technical report for 2007Technical report for 2012 – see the methodology section of each technical report.
    The Youth2000 Survey Series uses large sample sizes so precise estimates can be given for young people. The methodology is similar between waves of survey data to make sure data is comparable between 2001, 2007, and 2012.
    Each wave of the survey used a two-stage sample cluster design to ensure a nationally representative sample of secondary school students, aged 12 to 18 years, was recruited.
    Large samples (over 100 schools and around 10,000 students), were sought so the results could report issues for age, sex, socio-economic, and ethnic groups. Approximately one-third of eligible high schools were invited to participate in each wave, with the aim of recruiting 10,000 students.

    Want to know more?

    Adolescent Health Research Group 
    Adolescent Health Research Group – 2012 publications and reports 
    Ministry of Social Development – The social report: 2010

Downloadable file:

excel icon. Contact between young people and their parents – tables (Excel, 3 sheets, 17kb)

Includes breakdowns by sex and age.

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