Adolescence is a critical stage of development during which physical, intellectual, emotional, and psychological changes occur. While adolescence is a relatively healthy period of life, adolescents begin to make lifestyle choices and establish behaviors that affect both their current and future health. During this transition from childhood to adulthood, serious health and safety issues such […]
Preventive visits among adolescents and young adults offer a key opportunity to promote healthy choices and screen for emerging potential problems. In a new article, NAHIC researchers compared rates of past-year preventive visits among adolescents and young adults across several national surveys. The study also examined survey features, including mode of administration, respondent, response rate, […]
In this 2015 review article, authors examined how teen childbearing rates are related to state policy in five areas: education, sex education, public assistance, access to abortion services and access to family planning. This review of 13 studies identified associations between teen birth rates in the following areas: In family planning access: adolescent enrollment in […]
The Adolescent and Young Adult Health National Resource Center (AYAH-NRC) is pleased to announce the opportunity for five state MCH programs to participate with key partners in a new Adolescent and Young Adult Health Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (AYAH CoIIN). The AYAH CoIIN aims to strengthen the capacity of State Title V Programs to […]
This brief, released in November 2014, in partnership with Child Trends, provides an accessible summary of research on adolescents’ families and family factors related to adolescent health and well-being. Topics addressed include family meals, family demographics and parents’ health-related behaviors in areas such as exercise and smoking. This brief updates Child Trends 2006 brief on adolescents’ family environment The 2014 brief […]
Only a small proportion of American adolescents are described by a parent as being only in fair or poor health. However, a 2014 brief from Child Trends, presents national data showing that these youth differ from their reportedly healthier peers on several health, family, school and neighborhood characteristics. This brief provides a comprehensive portrait of […]
Consistent with prior research, a 2014 Research Brief from our partners at Child Trends presented mixed findings on the relationship between state policy and adolescent alcohol use. Higher beer taxes and laws requiring that beer kegs be registered are associated with decreases in adolescent drinking, laws that impose a driver’s license penalty for consumption are […]
In partnership with NAHIC, researchers at Child Trends used national longitudinal data to examine how high school policies shape substance use in young adulthood. The brief examines several policies, as well as individual, family and peer factors relevant to substance use. Research findings suggest that policies to promote a positive school environment are more likely […]
The past decade has witnessed a tremendous expansion of research and resources on “what works” to improve adolescent health. Despite the greater selection of effective programs and practical tools, this valuable implementation information is difficult to locate in one place. This resource has two aims: To serve as a guide to communities and practitioners for locating effective adolescent health interventions; To identify selected “implementing tools” designed to help communities implement evidence-based programs.
These information briefs give an overview of the causes of each issue, followed by information on evidence-based programs addressing the issues. They also provide other resources on the topics.