Research :: Social Determinants of Health

State Policy and Teen Childbearing

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 […]

Policy | Sexual and Reproductive Health | Social Determinants of Health | State Policy

Profiles of Adolescents Who are Not in Good Health

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 […]

Data and Monitoring | Families | Reports | Social Determinants of Health | Socio-demographic disparities | State Data

How High School Policies Shape Substance Use

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 […]

Policy | Reports | Social Determinants of Health | State Policy | Substance Use | Transitions & Trajectories | Young Adults

Lancet Series on Adolescent Health

The special edition of The Lancet explores the role of adolescence as a foundation for future health, the social determinants of adolescent health, the potential of the worldwide application of prevention science, and the current availability of data on 25 suggestedcore indicators in all countries.

Clinical Preventive Services | Guidelines/Recommendations | Social Determinants of Health

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

Socioeconomic Patterning of Smoking, Sedentary Lifestyle & Overweight Status Among Adolescents: in Norway and the United States

This 2003 study explores differences both in prevalence and socioeconomic patterning between Norway and the United States. The results indicate that the major challenges differ between the two countries.

Data and Monitoring | Overweight | Risky Behavior | Social Determinants of Health | Socio-demographic disparities

Disparities in Adolescent Health and Health Care: Does Socioeconomic Status Matter?

This 2003 article provides an assessment of income’s relationship to health status and access to and utilization of health care services among adolescents.

Access & Utilization | Social Determinants of Health | Socio-demographic disparities