Research :: Adolescents

Adolescent Health Highlight: Chronic Conditions

This report by NAHIC and Child Trends starts off by describing the prevalence of different chronic conditions in the adolescent population including allergies, obesity, ADHD, asthma, learning disabilities, and more. It then goes on to discuss disparities, trends in chronic condition incidence, special health care needs of adolescents with chronic conditions, and the implications of […]

Adolescents | Chronic Conditions | Disparities | Health | Health Behavior | Health Care | Healthy People | Lifestyle | Obesity

Adolescent Health Highlight: Physical Development and Daily Health Habits

This report by NAHIC and Child Trends discusses the importance of nurturing healthy habits during adolescence to support physical growth. It discusses the effects of habits including diet, physical activity, sleep, and oral health. The report can be accessed here. It is one portion of “Adolescent Health Highlights,” a three-part mini-series produced by NAHIC and Child […]

Adolescents | Demographics | Dental/Oral | Health | Health Behavior | Healthy Eating | Lifestyle | Obesity

Adolescent School-Based Sex Education: Using Developmental Neuroscience to Guide New Directions for Policy and Practice

This policy analysis, coauthored by NAHIC’s Claire Brindis, discusses school-based sex education for adolescents. It argues that policy makers should take a scientific approach by using developmental neuroscience to policies surrounding this matter. The authors suggest that developments in the field of neuroscience can be used to inform innovative approaches to sex education policy and […]

Adolescents | Development | Health Behavior | Policy | Schools | Sex Education | Sexual Health

Implementing the Affordable Care Act: How Much Will It Help Vulnerable Adolescents and Young Adults?

  NAHIC and the Center for Adolescent Health and the Law (CAHL) have partnered to examine the Affordable Care Act’s impact on three special populations of adolescents and young adults: homeless youth, foster youth, and those in the juvenile justice and criminal justice systems. These groups, with higher rates of morbidity than the general adolescent and […]

Adolescents | Disparities | Health Care | Health Insurance | Medicaid | Policy | Special Populations | Young Adults

A Research-Based Case for Adolescent Health Care Services

This report by NAHIC and Child Trends presents a research-based case for why adolescents need health care services. The report presents recommendations from leading medical authorities on what specific health care services adolescents need and how these services can best be provided. Data on the proportion of adolescents currently receiving needed services and an examination […]

Adolescents | Health Care | Health Insurance | Medical Home

Health Care Data for Adolescents and Young Adults: An Overview of Major Data Sources

This easy-to-use document provides an overview of large publicly available data sets that periodically examine health status and health care access, utilization, and quality among adolescents and young adults. It allows the user to compare surveys by different categories including ages, respondents, years available, and more; it also provides specifics about what type of questions each survey asks.

Adolescents | Demographics | National Initiative | Tools

Researchers link adolescent depression with unhealthy relationships in young adulthood

The researchers found that young, heterosexual adults who reported depressive or suicidal symptoms during adolescence are significantly more likely to report:

Adolescents | Depression | Mental Health | Suicide | Victimization | Young Adults

Medical Home for Adolescents: Low Attainment Rates for Those With Mental Health Problems and Other Vulnerable Groups

This 2012 study by researchers in the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine examined the current rates of medical home attainment for adolescents.

Adolescents | Disparities | Health Care | Medical Home | Mental Health

A Shifting Health Landscape for Adolescents and Young Adults: Planning for the Implementation of Federal Health Care Reform in New York

This brief is the second in a series of publications associated with a multi-year evaluation of the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center (MSAHC), which provides comprehensive health services to adolescents and young adults ages 10-24 in the New York City metro area.

Adolescents | Health Insurance | Young Adults

Health Insurance Access and Counseling Receipt and Their Association With Later Depressive and Suicidal Symptoms

This 2012 brief analyzes panel data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health for 9,996 adolescents to assess whether the receipt of supportive (psychological or emotional) counseling and access to health insurance is related to the persistence of adolescent depression and/or suicidality into young adulthood.

Adolescents | Depression | Health Insurance | Mental Health