Year in review: Looking back at the top reports of 2015

It’s been an exciting year of research for the National Poll on Children’s Health. Each month we’ve reported on some of the most important health issues facing kids today, and this year we hit a milestone with our 100th report. As 2015 comes to a close, we take a look back on some of our most popular reports from this year.

Mother taking picture of childParents on social media: Likes and dislikes of sharenting

In our March NPCH Report, we looked at sharenting—sharing parenting information online and on social media. Over half of mothers and one-third of fathers said they discuss parenting on social media. 72% of parents said social media is most useful for making them feel they are not alone. Three-quarters of parents pointed to “oversharenting” by another parent. Read the full report >>

Baby getting vaccineSafer, with more benefits: Parents’ vaccine views shifting

Our July NPCH Report asked parents about their vaccine views compared to how they felt a year ago. 34% of parents reported thinking vaccines have more benefit than they did one year ago. 25% of parents said they believe vaccines are safer than they were one year ago, and 35% of parents reported more support for daycare and school vaccine requirements than one year ago. Read the full report >>


Mother filling out forms for teenBack off: Parents impeding teens’ healthcare independence?

And just this month, our December NPCH Report received a lot of attention for examining the amount of independence parents give their teens at their healthcare visits. Only about 15% of parents reported their teen would discuss health problems independently at a routine check-up. Two-thirds of parents said they complete health history forms without involving their teen. Parents’ top reason that teens are not involved in discussing health problems is they are not comfortable in that role.
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