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

NAHIC conducted a comprehensive review and analysis of approaches to and measures of positive youth development. In the papers, based on work supported by the W.T. Grant Foundation, NAHIC staff compared the theoretical frameworks of the primary schools of thought in this arena, and examined the domains and constructs of the variables utilized by each. The papers also identify potential pitfalls of inappropriate use of these measures, and offer recommendations for using positive indicators.


Clinical Guidelines, Transitions & Trajectories


February 10, 2004


Claire Brindis, Dr.P.H. Geraldine Oliva, Ph.D. Helen Cagampang, Ph.D.


Developing a Conceptual Model to Select Indicators for the Assessment of Adolescent Health and Well-Being
Assessing the Multiple Processes of Adolescent Health: Youth Development Approaches
Bridging the Gap: Next Steps in Developing and Using Indicators to Improve Adolescent Health
Beyond Indicators: From Risk Assessment to Practical Strategies for Promoting Adolescent Health


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

Preventive Care for Adolescents: Few Get Visits and Fewer Get Services

This article 2009 examines rates and disparities in access to preventive care and receipt of recommended preventive services among adolescents.

Access & Utilization | Clinical Guidelines | Clinical Preventive Services | Journal Articles | Socio-demographic disparities

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

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

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