This article reviews health trends for adolescents and young adults, providing a single source for a national health profile. Data are presented on demographics, mortality, health-related behaviors, and healthcare access and utilization and major gender and racial/ethnic disparities are highlighted. The authors outline recommendations to improve health during these critical periods in the lifespan. This article replaces the National Adolescent Health Information Center’s monograph “America’s Adolescents: Are They Healthy?” which focused exclusively on adolescents. It also updates the authors’ 2006 article on young adult health.
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Paul Mulye, T., Park, M.J., Nelson, C.D., Adams, S.H., Irwin, C.E., Jr., & Brindis, C.D. (2009). Trends in Adolescent and Young Adult Health in the United States. Journal of Adolescent Health, 45(1), 8-24.