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

Young Adult Preventive Health Guidelines: There But Can’t Be Found

This review of existing preventive health guidelines for adolescents and adults recommends the establishment of “Young Adult Preventive Care Guidelines” that reflect the current evidence-based recommendations that overlap with the young adult age group.

Clinical Guidelines | Clinical Preventive Services | Journal Articles | Young Adults

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

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