Substance Abuse & Mental Health
State Survey Maps
The risk and protective factor scales are measured on a 0-100 scale. A score of 50 represents the national average based on the Communities That Care© (CTC) Six-State Study. This database is currently the best available data for adolescents in the United States. Scores above 50 indicate that Florida youth are, on average, elevated in the specific risk or protective factor when compared to norms established by the CTC Six-State Study. Scores below 50 indicate that Florida youth are, on average, lower than the norms established by the CTC for specific risk or protective factors. Ideally, because of their relationship with current and future behavioral outcomes, all risk factors would be below the CTC Six-State Study average whereas all protective factors would be above the average.
It is important to note that most variations in risk and protective factors occur at the local level. That is, small geographic areas (e.g., cities, neighborhoods within cities), can show substantial variations on specific risk or protective factor scores. On the other hand, because a statewide value is constructed averaging all of these smaller geographic areas, there is typically limited variation at the state-level around the 50 mark. This is the case in Florida; state-level risk and protective factor values cluster closely around the 50 mark.
Counties that did not participate in the survey were Hendry, Okaloosa, and Saint Lucie. Franklin, Jefferson, Lafayette, Liberty, Hamilton, and Madison counties had very small sample sizes, which resulted in a large margin of error for their data. Therefore, care should be taken in interpreting their results.