Research :: Who Gets Confidential Care? Disparities in a National Sample of Adolescents

Using the 2001–2004 Medical Expenditures Panel Survey, we examined rates of past-year adolescent time alone with a clinician by visit type, and among youths with a preventive visit, examined age, gender, and race/ethnicity differences. Youths with a preventive visit have higher rates of time alone; rates for these youths increase with age, are higher for males (42%) versus females (37%), and are lowest among Hispanics. Time alone rates are low, especially for younger females and Hispanic youths. Special efforts are needed to increase time alone in these populations.

Who Gets Confidential Care? Disparities in a National Sample of Adolescents, Jennifer C. Edman, M.D., M.P.H., Sally H. Adams, R.N., Ph.D., M. Jane Park, M.P.H., Charles E. Irwin Jr., M.D., Journal of Adolescent Health, Volume 46, Issue 4, PAges 393-395, April 2010


Clinical Preventive Services, Confidential Care, Journal Articles, Socio-demographic disparities


April 28, 2010


Jennifer C. Edman, M.D., M.P.H., Sally H. Adams, R.N., Ph.D., M. Jane Park, M.P.H., Charles E. Irwin Jr., M.D.


The Family Environment & Adolescent Well-Being: Exposure to Positive & Negative Family Influences

In adolescence, the influence of friends and peers take on greater importance, but research demonstrates the continued significance of parents in shaping the behaviors and choices of teens as they face the challenges of growing up. This brief provides data on the influences of parents on their adolescents, addressing issues such as parental monitoring and […]

Families | Reports | Risky Behavior | Social Determinants of Health | Socio-demographic disparities

America’s Adolescents: Are They Healthy?

This 2003 article compares prevalence estimates of adolescents’ cigarette, alcohol and marijuana use from one Australian and two U.S. surveys, and considers the effect of methodological differences on reported use.

Mental/Behavioral Health | Mental/Behavioral Health Care | Mortality | Overviews/Fact Sheets | Risky Behavior | Socio-demographic disparities | Special Populations | Substance Use | Suicide | Young Adults

Adolescent School-Based Sex Education: Using Developmental Neuroscience to Guide New Directions for Policy and Practice

This policy analysis, coauthored by NAHIC’s Claire Brindis, discusses school-based sex education for adolescents. It argues that policy makers should take a scientific approach by using developmental neuroscience to policies surrounding this matter. The authors suggest that developments in the field of neuroscience can be used to inform innovative approaches to sex education policy and […]

Developmental Science/Approach | Journal Articles | Policy | Sexual and Reproductive Health

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 | Journal Articles | Trends | Young Adults

Alcohol and Cigarette Use Among Adolescent and Young Adult Males

This 2007 article discusses clinical considerations for and summarizes national data on alcohol and cigarette use among male adolescents and young adults.

Journal Articles | Males | Risky Behavior | Socio-demographic disparities | Substance Use | Young Adults