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

This article assesses the relationship between income and a broad set of health status, access, and utilization indicators. The authors used the most current nationally representative data available, including new variables, not previously available, in domains including mental health status and dental health services. These new data permit a more comprehensive assessment of income’s relationship to health status and access to and utilization of health care services among adolescents.

Newacheck, P. W., Hung, Y. Y., Park, M. J., Brindis, C. D., & Irwin, C. E., Jr. (2003). Disparities in adolescent health and health care: Does socioeconomic status matter? Health Services Research, 38(5), 1235-52.


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


February 7, 2003


Paul W Newacheck; Yun Yi Hung; M Jane Park; Claire D Brindis; and Charles E Irwin, Jr.


Unique Challenges and Health Needs of DACA-eligible Young Adults

This 2014 article, written by researchers from the University of California San Francisco Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine, investigates the health needs and challenges of DACA-eligible young adults, a population that has rarely been studied. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program served qualified undocumented young immigrants who may be eligible for […]

Access & Utilization | Affordable Care Act | Immigrants | Socio-demographic disparities | Young Adults

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 | Social Determinants of Health | Socio-demographic disparities | State Data

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

Adolescent Health Insurance Coverage: Recent Changes and Access to Care

This 1999 article assesses the health insurance status of adolescents, the trends in adolescent health care coverage, the demographic and socioeconomic correlates of insurance coverage, and the role that insurance coverage plays in influencing access to and use of health care.

Access & Utilization | Socio-demographic disparities | Trends

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 | Special Populations | Transitions & Trajectories | Young Adults