Research :: Health Insurance Access and Counseling Receipt and Their Association With Later Depressive and Suicidal Symptoms

This research brief by Child Trends (created through a partnership with NAHIC) analyzes panel data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, which was conducted in three waves of interviews, for 9,996 adolescents to assess whether the receipt of supportive (psychological or emotional) counseling and access to health insurance is related to the persistence of adolescent depression and/or suicidality into young adulthood.

Mental health disorders that begin in adolescence often –though not always – persist into early adulthood. The continuity of mental health problems may reflect biological and genetic origins and/or ongoing social and personal challenges or reflect low use of mental health services in adolescence and young adulthood. Research examining factors related to low service use has identified the inability to pay for services as one of several causes.  Results of this study indicate that teens reporting symptoms of depression or suicidality in adolescence are 2.8 times more likely to report these symptoms in young adulthood than teens who did not report symptoms in adolescence.

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Health Insurance Access and Counseling Receipt and Their Association With Later Depressive and Suicidal Symptoms




Access & Utilization, Depression, Mental/Behavioral Health, Suicide


November 30, 2012


Mary A. Terzian, Ph.D., Kristin A. Moore, Ph.D., Tawana Bandy, B.S., and Kelly Bell, B.A.


Medical Home for Adolescents: Low Attainment Rates for Those With Mental Health Problems and Other Vulnerable Groups

This 2012 study by researchers in the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine examined the current rates of medical home attainment for adolescents.

Mental/Behavioral Health | Mental/Behavioral Health Care | Socio-demographic disparities | Special Populations

AYA Marketing Series

In May 2016, two webinars on ‘marketing the well-visit‘ were hosted by the State Adolescent Health Resource Center (SAHRC), core Center partner. Click here to view to the first webinar on ‘market disruptors‘, and here for the second webinar on ‘co-creation.’

Access & Utilization | State & Community Programs | Webinars/Presentations

Innovations in Preventive Mental Health Care Services for Adolescents

This 2008 descriptive study examined programs designed to provide mental health-related preventive services to at-risk adolescents.

Clinical Preventive Services | Mental/Behavioral Health | Mental/Behavioral Health Care | State & Community Programs

The Health Status of Young Adults in the U.S.

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.

Access & Utilization | Data and Monitoring | Mortality | Risky Behavior | Young Adults

Prevalence and Treatment of Mental Health and Substance Use Problems in the Early Emerging Adult Years in the United States: Findings from the 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health

This article, authored by NAHIC’s Sally Adams, David Knopf, and Jane Park, appears in Emerging Adulthood. According to the study, Young adults ages 18-25 had higher rates of mental health (MH) and substance use (SU) disorders, but lower treatment rates, compared to adults ages 26-34. Among young adults, fewer than 50% received treatment for MH […]

Mental/Behavioral Health | Mental/Behavioral Health Care | Socio-demographic disparities | Substance Use | Young Adults