The purpose of this survey is to learn what HWRSD parents/guardians of middle and high school students think about some of the more challenging issues related to raising teenagers. Topics include  social media, attitudes about alcohol and drug use among young people, and how expectations around these topics are typically communicated at home and by other adults in the community. The first set of questions will ask you to think about your own experiences and expectations, and the second set of questions asks you, on the basis of your observations, to think about how other parents in the community might view some of the same issues.

For the purposes of this questionnaire, we use the term "teenager" broadly to include both middle and high school youth. If you have more than one child in middle or high school, please think about your oldest child and his/her peers as you answer the questions.

The survey is voluntary and anonymous. In the coming months we will be using survey results to help develop strategies to communicate positive messages that reinforce good decision making among students.

We hope that you will provide your input in this process by taking approximately 15 minutes to answer the following questions. This survey link will remain open until June 30, 2018. Should you have any questions about the survey, please contact Dr. Gina Kahn, Safe Schools/Healthy Students Director, at 566-5060 ext. 12.


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* 1. I/we have a child/children attending HWRSDin the following grade(s)as of September 2018 (check all that apply):

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* 2. Town of residence:

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* 3. Please tell us your gender.

NOTE:  As you answer the following questions, if you have more than one child in middle or high school, please think about your oldest child and his/her peers.

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* 4. Please indicate how frequently you do each of the following:

  Always Usually Sometimes Rarely Never
I make sure to meet the parents of my teenager's closest friends.
I do not allow my teenager to attend a party if parents will not be home to supervise.
When my child is planning to attend a party or social gathering with peers, I will phone ahead to make sure that parents will be home to supervise.
When my child is hosting a social gathering at my house, parents call ahead to make sure that an adult will be home to supervise.

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* 5. I would like other parents to call me to be sure I will be home to supervise if their child is coming to my home for a party or social gathering.

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* 6. Please indicate to what degree you agree/disagree with the following statements:

  Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree
I believe that teenage alcohol use is harmful.
I believe that teenage marijuana use is harmful.
I believe that teenage use of prescription drugs not intended for them is harmful.
I believe that teenage use of e-cigarettes is harmful.

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* 7. Within the past 3 months, I discussed family rules and expectations about alcohol and other drug use with my teenager.

The next several questions pertain to your general views on teen substance abuse issues in the HWRSD community.

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* 8. Thinking about high school students in Hampden and Wilbraham, what percentage of teens would you estimate do the following?

  Very few; less than 10% A few; about 11-25% Some; about 26-49% Most; about 50-75% Almost all; about 76-100%
Drink alcohol
Smoke cigarettes
Use other tobacco products (such as chewing tobacco)
Use e-cigarettes
Use e-cigarettes to inhale other substances
Use marijuana (in any form)
Use over-the-counter medicine to get high
Use prescription drugs not intended for them
Use heroin
Use opioids, such as vicodin, oxycodone, percocet, etc.
Use other illegal drugs

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* 9. In your community, what do you think are the most common ways that high school students get alcohol? Please select up to 3 responses.

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* 10. In your community, what do you think are the most common ways that high school students get marijuana? Please select up to 3 responses.

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* 11. In your community, what do you think are the most common ways that high school students get prescription drugs not intended for them? Please select up to 3 responses.

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* 12. How wrong do you think it is for high school students to:

  Not at all wrong A little bit wrong Wrong Very wrong
drink alcohol?
have 5 or more alcoholic drinks at one time?
have one or two drinks of an alcoholic beverage nearly every day?
drink alcohol and drive?
use marijuana and drive?
smoke/use marijuana a few times each week?
smoke/use tobacco regularly?
use e-cigarettes regularly?
use prescription drugs not prescribed for them?

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* 13. What are you most concerned about in relation to the potential consequences of teen use of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, and prescription drugs?

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* 14. In your opinion or observations, are there any local conditions or risk factors in the community that might unintentionally contribute to teen substance use... or make it more difficult to enforce family rules?

The next several questions pertain to social media and related issues that can impact school and community climate; and your thoughts on access to help and resources when concerns may arise.

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* 15. Regarding my teen's online activities...

  Never Sometimes Often
When at home, I am in close enough proximity to view his/her activities.
I check to see which websites or social media sites he/she has visited.
I talk to my teenager about situations on the Internet that made him/her uncomfortable.
I talk with my teenager about what he/she does online (home computer, mobile devices, etc.).
I check text messages that my teenager has sent or received.
There are rules about time of day and amount of time that electronic devices can be used.
I use parental supervision tools to 'block' access to certain websites or social media.
I use 'apps' to monitor my teen's online activities.

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* 16. How confident are you about:

  Very confident Confident Somewhat confident Not confident
Your ability to respond if you learned that your teen had violated your family rule relative to substance use?
Your ability to recognize the signs and symptoms if your teen was experiencing a significant mental health or substance misuse challenge?
Your ability to access professional help at school if your teen was experiencing a significant mental health or substance misse challenge?
Your ability to access professional help in the community if your teen was experiencing a significant mental health or substance misuse challenge?
Your understanding of current State laws regarding social hosting, including homeowner/parental liability when alcohol is consumed by minors in private homes.
Your ability to communicate with your child regarding substance use, mental health, or related topics.
Now switch gears for a moment and think about parents of other teens in the community.  Of course you don’t know for sure, but what’s your best guess about what they think and do?  (Remember, if you have more than one child in middle or high school, please use your oldest child as your reference as you answer these questions.)

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* 17. In your estimation, how many HWRSD parents make sure to meet the parents of their teenager’s closest friends?

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* 18. In your estimation, how many HWRSD parents regularly discuss family rules about alcohol and drugs with their teenager?

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* 19. In your estimation, how many HWRSD parents do not allow their teen to attend a party if parents will not be home to supervise?

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* 20. In your estimation, how many HWRSD parents would be likely to phone ahead to make sure that there will be parental supervision at a party/ social gathering that their child is planning to attend?

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* 21. In your estimation, how many HWRSD parents do not approve of their teenager drinking alcohol or using other drugs?

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* 22. In your estimation, how many HWRSD parents believe that alcohol and other drug use is harmful to teenagers?

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* 23. In your estimation, how many HWRSD parents consistently monitor their teenager’s use of the Internet and social media?

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* 24. The following questions are designed to assist the Hampden-Wilbraham Partners for Youth coalition with program planning for the upcoming year.  If you have had an opportunity to participate in a Coalition-sponsored event this year, please check the event(s) that you attended.

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* 25. If you did not participate in any of the above events, please tell us why (check all that apply)

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* 26. The Coalition is interested in offering programs related to youth substance use prevention that are easy to access and are compatible with the needs and interests of the community, particularly parents/guardians.  As we plan future events or activities, what topics or areas of focus would be of greatest help to you?

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* 27. In addition to possible topics, as we plan future events or activities, what suggestions can you offer to increase community participation?

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* 28. Please use this space for comments on any topic covered by this survey.  If you have any additional questions, please contact Dr. Gina Kahn at 413-566-5060 ext 12.

FOLLOW UP:
Thank you for completing our survey.  We appreciate your assistance and look forward to continuing the conversation in the future.  After you hit "done," you will see an additional message with an opportunity to participate in next steps. 


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