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


Examining State-Level Patterns in Teen Childbearing: 1991 to 2009

This 2012 research brief uses state-level data to examine declines in the teen birth rate over 19 years, from 1991 to 2009, including the uptick in 2006 and 2007.

Data and Monitoring | Sexual and Reproductive Health | State Data

America’s Adolescents: Where Have We Been, Where Are We Going?

This 2002 article reviews the historical trends and current status of the health of America’s adolescents.

Mental/Behavioral Health | Mortality | Risky Behavior | Sexual and Reproductive Health | Substance Use | Trends

Adolescent Health Highlight: Chronic Conditions

This report by NAHIC and Child Trends starts off by describing the prevalence of different chronic conditions in the adolescent population including allergies, obesity, ADHD, asthma, learning disabilities, and more.

Overviews/Fact Sheets | Socio-demographic disparities | Special Populations | Trends

Profiles of Adolescents Who are Not in Good Health

Only a small proportion of American adolescents are described by a parent as being only in fair or poor health. However, a 2014 brief from Child Trends, presents national data showing that these youth differ from their reportedly healthier peers on several health, family, school and neighborhood characteristics. This brief provides a comprehensive portrait of […]

Data and Monitoring | Families | Social Determinants of Health | Socio-demographic disparities | State Data

Investing in Adolescence: Building a Strong Foundation for Male Health

This 2007 article reviews the overall health of adolescent males and discusses the issues we should focus on to improve male health.

Males | Risky Behavior