On April 25th The Lancet published its second series devoted exclusively to adolescent health. The series of articles make the case for a more holistic approach to adolescent medicine. Four papers explore the role of adolescence as a foundation for future health, the social determinants of adolescent health, the potential of the worldwide application of prevention science, and the current availability of data on 25 suggestedcore indicators in all countries.
The Lancet series includes two articles co-authored by NAHIC faculty, Dr. Elizabeth Ozer and Dr. Charles Irwin, Jr.:
Adolescence and the social determinants of health
Russell M Viner, Elizabeth M Ozer, Simon Denny, Michael Marmot, Michael Resnick, Adesegun Fatusi, Candace Currie
This article reviews existing data on the effects of social determinants on health in adolescence, and presents findings from country-level ecological analyses on the health of young people aged 10—24 years.
Worldwide application of prevention science in adolescent health
Richard F Catalano, Abigail A Fagan, Loretta E Gavin, Mark T Greenberg, Charles E Irwin Jr, David A Ross, Daniel T L Shek
This article describes the principles of prevention science, provides examples of efficacious preventive interventions, describes challenges and potential solutions to take efficacious prevention policies and programmes to scale, and concludes with recommendations to reduce the burden of adolescent mortality and morbidity worldwide through preventive interventions.