Research :: Towards Meeting the Needs of Adolescents

The overall goal of Towards Meeting the Needs of Adolescents: An Assessment of Federally Funded Adolescent Health Programs and Initiatives within the Department of Health and Human Services is to better understand the types of youth programs addressing health areas where American adolescents fare differently than their counterparts in other countries. We reviewed the existing “state of the state” information on selected adolescent health programs supported by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) in seven content areas (health and well-being, fitness, family and peer relationships, school environment, smoking, alcohol and violence).

This review examines four important questions regarding federal efforts to improve adolescent health:
1. Is there a national policy that addresses the promotion of adolescent health?
2. Is DHHS making an effort to create healthier environments for adolescents through a multi-level approach?
3.  What is the status of evaluations of federally funded adolescent health programs?
4. What can we learn from existing evaluations of programs that seek to influence adolescent health outcomes?

This review aims to help policymakers and program managers in future efforts to make the most effective use of resources in meeting the varied needs of adolescents, their families, and their communities.


Families, Risky Behavior, State & Community Programs, Substance Use


December 27, 2004


Claire D. Brindis, Elizabeth C. Hair, Stephanie W. Cochran, Kevin Cleveland, L. Teresa Valderrama, M. Jane Park


Towards Meeting the Needs of Adolescents (Brief)


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

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

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

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

Research Priorities in Adolescent Health: An Analysis & Synthesis of Research Recommendations

This document created in 2000 reviews national reports on adolescent health published over the past decade and provides a collective assessment of the state-of-the-art science, and articulates a national research agenda for adolescent health.

Guidelines/Recommendations | Mental/Behavioral Health | Risky Behavior