Research :: Risky Behavior

Risky Behaviors in Late Adolescence: Co-occurrence, Predictors, and Consequences

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.

Clinical Guidelines | Journal Articles | Risky Behavior | Socio-demographic disparities

Marijuana: Use Among Young Males and Health Outcomes

This 2009 article reviews relevant literature, including trends in young males’ marijuana use and health effects of marijuana use.

Males | Risky Behavior | Socio-demographic disparities | Substance Use | Young Adults

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.

Data and Monitoring | Guidelines/Recommendations | Journal Articles | Mortality | Policy | Risky Behavior | Trends | Young Adults

What Gets Measured Gets Done: Assessing Data Availability for Adolescent Populations

This 2007 paper provides an overview of the availability of data for specific adolescent sub-populations, such as rural and homeless/runaway youth, by the 21 Critical Health Objectives of Healthy People 2010.

Data and Monitoring | Journal Articles | Mortality | Risky Behavior | Special Populations

Investing in Adolescence: Building a Strong Foundation for Male Health

This 2007 article reviews the overall health of adolescent males and discusses the issues we should focus on to improve male health.

Journal Articles | Males | Risky Behavior

Alcohol and Cigarette Use Among Adolescent and Young Adult Males

This 2007 article discusses clinical considerations for and summarizes national data on alcohol and cigarette use among male adolescents and young adults.

Journal Articles | Males | Risky Behavior | Socio-demographic disparities | Substance Use | Young Adults

21 Critical Health Objectives for Adolescents and Young Adults

Of the 107 Healthy People 2010 Objectives that pertain to adolescents and young adults, 21 objectives were identified as “critical” by a national expert consensus panel.

Data and Monitoring | Mortality | Risky Behavior

The Health Status of Young Adults in the U.S.

This 2006 article synthesizes national data to present a health profile of young adults, reviewing social indicators that describe the context of young adulthood and presenting measures of health status.

Access & Utilization | Data and Monitoring | Journal Articles | Mortality | Risky Behavior | Young Adults

The Family Environment & Adolescent Well-Being: Exposure to Positive & Negative Family Influences

In adolescence, the influence of friends and peers take on greater importance, but research demonstrates the continued significance of parents in shaping the behaviors and choices of teens as they face the challenges of growing up. This brief provides data on the influences of parents on their adolescents, addressing issues such as parental monitoring and […]

Families | Reports | Risky Behavior | Social Determinants of Health | Socio-demographic disparities

A Health Profile of Adolescent and Young Adult Males

This brief highlights priority health issues for adolescent & young adult males and identifies key gender & racial/ethnic disparities.

Males | Mental/Behavioral Health | Mortality | Overviews/Fact Sheets | Overweight | Reports | Risky Behavior | Sexual and Reproductive Health | Socio-demographic disparities | Suicide | Young Adults