Research :: What Gets Measured Gets Done: Assessing Data Availability for Adolescent Populations

This paper provides an overview of the availability of data for specific adolescent sub-populations, such as rural and homeless/runaway youth, by the 21 Critical Health Objectives of Healthy People 2010. Academic and government literature was extensively reviewed using Internet search techniques to identify available national data for each of these populations on each key national health objective. Recommendations are offered to strengthen monitoring systems for subpopulations of adolescents.

The expanded tables include the data available for each adolescent sub-population by each specific 21 Critical Health Objective.

Knopf, D. K., Park, M. J., Brindis, C. D., Paul Mulye, T., & Irwin, C. E., Jr. (2007).  What Gets Measured Gets Done: Assessing Data Availability for Adolescent Populations. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 11(4),335-345


Data and Monitoring, Mortality, Risky Behavior, Special Populations


February 11, 2007


David K. Knopf, M. Jane Park, Claire D. Brindis, Tina Paul Mulye, Charles E. Irwin Jr


Health of Adolescents and Young Adults: Trends in Achieving the 21 Critical National Health Objectives by 2010

This study assessed trends in the 21 Critical National Health Objectives between 1991 and 2009, and from baseline years for which 2010 targets were established to 2009, and the extent to which targets were achieved.

Data and Monitoring | Trends | Young Adults

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

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

Towards Meeting the Needs of Adolescents

In this 2004 report, 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).

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

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 | Special Populations | Transitions & Trajectories | Young Adults