The Kandiyohi County Parent Survey was administered to 747 Kandiyohi county parents from July 2012 to July 2013 by the Kandiyohi County Drug Free Communities (DFC) Coalition. The survey was available in three languages (English, Spanish and Somali) as well as online and on paper anonymously. Three percent of survey’s (22) were thrown out due to the respondent not living in Kandiyohi County.
Questions #1-4 Geographic Location & Demographics
- 63% of respondents lived in Willmar, 13% in Spicer and 11% in New London.
- Parents with children in grades 9-12 were the most represented in this survey (82% had at least one child in these grades).
Question #5: How much do you think youth (grades 7-12) risk harming themselves (physically or in other ways) if they a. use tobacco b. drink alcohol c. use marijuana d. misuse or overuse prescription drugs?
- Parents perceived drinking alcohol as having the highest risk, followed by using marijuana, misuse or overuse of prescription drugs and then the use of tobacco. Greatest Risk and Moderate risks responses were combined together.
Question #6: How many times have you provided ALCOHOL to any of your K-12 children? Parents were not supposed to include sips for religious purposes in the count. Four % of parents admitted to providing alcohol to their K-12 children. This is legal, but research says alcohol for anyone under the age of 25 is unhealthy for a child’s developing brain. For more info, visit: www.nida.gov
Question #7: How many times have you provided ALCOHOL to an underage youth (not including your own)? 3% admitted to providing alcohol for underage children that are not their own (1.5% admitted to doing that 5+ times). These parents can be cited under the Social Host Ordinance (SHO) and the coalition would like to see this number be a zero. This ordinance makes it illegal to knowingly provide a space/place where you know underage drinking is taking place. Fines could be up to $1,000 and/or 30 days in jail.
Question #8: How many times have you allowed underage youth to drink ALCOHOL on your property (home, garage, etc.)? 5% admit to allowing underage youth to drink alcohol on their property. Again, these parents can be cited under the Social Host Ordinance and the coalition would like to see this number be a zero.
Question #9: Do you “lock-up” your ALCOHOL at home?
- 75% of parents say they do NOT lock up their alcohol at home. This percent is not accurate because we did not include a response of “n/a – no alcohol in the home” if parents didn’t have alcohol in their home. Parents who did not have any alcohol in their home commented so in the comment section and responded no to the question.
Question #10: How much do you agree or disagree with the following statements?
- 4.3 % of parents agreed that “Underage youth should be able to drink as long as they don’t drive afterwards”.
- 4.1% of parents agreed that “It is ok for underage youth to drink at parties” and
- 3.4% of parents agreed that “It is ok for parents to offer underage youth (other than their own) alcohol in their home”.
These questions are indicating that the majority of parents (about 96%) disagree with these statements, which is excellent. This also indicates to us that we still need to inform parents of the dangers regarding these actions.
Question #11: Is there a Social Host Ordinance (SHO) in Kandiyohi County? 55% of respondents did not know the answer and 43% indicated that there was. Kandiyohi County was the first county in the State of Minnesota to pass a county-wide SHO in August of 2007.
Question #12: Is there a Social Host Ordinance (SHO) in your city? 64% of respondents did not know the answer and 31% indicated that they had one in their city. The cities of Willmar, New London, Spicer and Raymond have social host ordinances in place.
Question #13: How much do you agree or disagree with the following statements?
- Parents thought alcohol use by underage youth was the behavior “most acceptable” at 10.5% in their community. Misuse or overuse of prescription drugs by underage youth was perceived as being the “least acceptable” at 4% in their community.
87% of parents recognized this as the logo for the SWAT (Students working against Alcohol, Tobacco and other drugs) Teams in the Willmar, NL-S, CMCS school districts. They work to educate their peers about the dangers of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana and a variety of other drugs.
Question #15: Would you like to have __________________ ?
- 83% of parents would like the Kandiyohi County 4-day Fair 100% tobacco free
- 79% would like to have Kandiyohi County Parks 100% tobacco free
- 83% would like to have all city parks tobacco free
- 83% would like to have all Kandiyohi County Beaches 100% tobacco free
Question #16: Would you like to have all Kandiyohi County Multi-Unit Housing (MUH) 100% SMOKE free? 85% of parents would like to have 100% smoke free multi-unit housing. Many landlords are now moving to have smoke free MUH. The Kandiyohi County DFC Coalition will be assisting those landlords who chose to go smoke free and assist them with the promotion and implementation of the policies.
Question #17 & 18: How harmful is marijuana and synthetic marijuana (K2/SPICE) use?
92.8 % of parents thought marijuana use was harmful and 88.9% thought that synthetic marijuana use was harmful. Very Harmful and harmful responses were combined. According to the Minnesota Student Survey (2010), the use of pot and Spice are rising among Kandiyohi County teens.
Question #19: Have you heard of the campaign: “Above the Influence”? 53% of parents said Yes and 47% no. This campaign empowers youth to be ‘above the influence’ of any drug. www.abovetheinfluence.com
Question #20: From your experience, do you think your doctor/dentist prescribes more pills than you need?
- 82% of parents did NOT think their doctor/dentist prescribes more pills than they need.
This is the “Above the Influence” logo. See Question 19
The Kandiyohi County Drug Free Communities (DFC) Coalition would like to say, “Thank you” to all the parents who took this survey and all of those who helped administer this survey. Should you have any questions, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (320) 231-7860 x2533.