Research :: Transitions & Trajectories

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

How Youth are Faring in the Transition to Adulthood

Led by our partners at Child Trends, NAHIC developed two reports examining how youth are faring in the transition to adulthood, with respect to having problems related to heavy alcohol use, illicit drug use, criminal behavior, and financial hardship.

Depression | Families | Mental/Behavioral Health | Reports | Socio-demographic disparities | Substance Use | Transitions & Trajectories | Young Adults

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:

Depression | Mental/Behavioral Health | Reports | Risky Behavior | Transitions & Trajectories

Health Care Services and the Transition to Young Adulthood: Challenges and Opportunities

This study examines the potential role of the health care system in the successful transition to young adulthood for all adolescents, with emphasis on adolescents with special health care needs (ASHCN).

Access & Utilization | Journal Articles | Special Populations | Transitions & Trajectories | Young Adults

Use of Mental Health Counseling as Adolescents Become Young Adults

This 2008 article uses AddHealth data to compare rates of mental health counseling use between adolescents and young adults.

Journal Articles | Mental/Behavioral Health | Transitions & Trajectories | Young Adults

A Federal Monitoring System for Early Adult Health

This 2008 article reviews existing federal data collection efforts and reporting systems to identify what pieces currently exist to support an effective health monitoring system for young adults.

Data and Monitoring | Guidelines/Recommendations | Journal Articles | Transitions & Trajectories | Young Adults

The Health Status of Young Adults in the United States

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. We examine mortality, morbidity, risky behaviors, and health care access and utilization, identifying the most significant gender and racial/ethnic disparities.

Socio-demographic disparities | Transitions & Trajectories

Health Care for Adolescents and Young Adults Leaving Foster Care

This 2006 issue brief describes the young people who are aging out of foster care, their health status, and the barriers they face when leaving foster care.

Policy | Reports | Special Populations | Transitions & Trajectories | Young Adults

Measuring the Positives: Review of Positive Indicators and Guidelines for their Use

In four 2004 papers, NAHIC conducted a comprehensive review and analysis of approaches to and measures of positive youth development.

Clinical Guidelines | Transitions & Trajectories