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 […]
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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 […]
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.
Adolescent and Young Adult Health in the United States in the Past Decade: Little Improvement and Young Adults Remain Worse Off Than Adolescents
This review paper, entitled Adolescent and Young Adult Health in the United States in the Past Decade: Little Improvement and Young Adults Remain Worse Off Than Adolescents, was published by researchers at the National Adolescent and Young Adult Health Information Center (NAHIC). The paper has two aims: (1) to examine trends in key indicators in outcomes, […]
The researchers found that young, heterosexual adults who reported depressive or suicidal symptoms during adolescence are significantly more likely to report:
To Tweet, or Not to Tweet: Gender Differences and Potential Positive and Negative Health Outcomes of Adolescents’ Social Internet Use
This paper reviews recent peer-reviewed literature and national data on 1) adolescents use of online social media, 2) gender differences in online social media and 3) potential positive and negative health outcomes from adolescents’ online social media use.
This article reviews health trends for adolescents and young adults, providing a single source for a national health profile. Data are presented on demographics, mortality, health-related behaviors, and healthcare access and utilization and major gender and racial/ethnic disparities are highlighted.
Using data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth this study: (1) identifies profiles of risky behaviors, (2) investigates how environmental characteristics predict these profiles of risky behaviors (e.g., delinquency, smoking, drug use, drinking, sexual behavior, and exercise), and (3) examines how these profiles of risky behaviors relate to positive and negative youth outcomes.
This 2009 article reviews relevant literature, including trends in young males’ marijuana use and health effects of marijuana use.
Midcourse Review of the Healthy People 2010: 21 Critical Health Objectives for Adol’s & Young Adults
Progress on the 21 Critical Health Objectives was reviewed as part of the Healthy People 2010 Midcourse Review. The review found little or no improvement on most objectives.