October 2007 RAND Health Newsletter

The RAND Health Newsletter is a monthly update that features recent research from RAND Health.


Contents of October 2007 RAND Health newsletter:

  1. Serious gaps exist in health care quality for America's children
  2. Adolescent romantic relationships as precursors of healthy adult marriages
  3. Adolescent sexual abstinence associated with better mental health in females
  4. Schools not sustaining mental health aid to children displaced by Hurricane Katrina
  5. Program for parents helps to promote adolescent sexual health
  6. Undiagnosed diabetes trends change across education and race
  7. Fruit and vegetable intake high in new immigrant women
  8. School-based suicide prevention program reaches majority of clients
  9. Researcher achievements honored
  10. October RAND Health Congressional Newsletter
  11. Recent research highlights and fact sheets from RAND Health

  1. Serious gaps exist in health care quality for America's children

    Children in the United States are not receiving recommended preventive care and screening services, such as regular weight and measurement checks to ensure that they are growing properly and not at risk for obesity; nor are they receiving standard care for conditions such as asthma and diarrhea.
  2. Citation: Mangione-Smith R, DeCristofaro AH, Setodji CM, Keesey J, Klein DJ, Adams JL, Schuster MA, McGlynn EA. The Quality of Ambulatory Care Delivered to Children in the United States, New England Journal of Medicine, Vol. 26, No. 5, Sept 2007, pp. 644-649.
  3. Adolescent romantic relationships as precursors of healthy adult marriages

    Research has suggested that the building blocks of healthy adult marriages are formed during adolescence. A review of theory, research, and interventions on teen romantic relationships suggests future directions for policies and programs to help promote healthy marriages.
  4. Citation: Karney BR, Beckett MK, Collins RL, Shaw R. Adolescent Romantic Relationships as Precursors of Healthy Adult Marriages: A Review of Theory, Research, and Programs, RAND Corporation 2007, TR-488-ACF.
  5. Adolescent sexual abstinence associated with better mental health in females

    Adolescent sexual abstinence predicts better adult mental health in females, but not males. Other factors such as educational prospects and family bonding also significantly influence on outcomes.
  6. Citation: Bogart LM, Collins RL, Ellickson PL, Klein DJ. Association of Sexual Abstinence in Adolescence with Mental Health in Adulthood, Journal of Sex Research, Vol. 44, No. 3, Aug 2007, pp. 290-298.
  7. Schools not sustaining mental health aid to children displaced by Hurricane Katrina

    Despite strong initial efforts to support the mental health needs of students displaced by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, many schools have not been able to fulfill students' mental health needs over the long term.
  8. Program for parents helps to promote adolescent sexual health

    Parents play an important role in the sexual health of their adolescent children. Talking Parents, Healthy Teens is an intervention designed to help parents improve communication with their adolescent children, promote healthy adolescent sexual development, and reduce adolescent sexual risk behaviors.
  9. Citation: Eastman KL, Corona R, Schuster MA. Talking Parents, Healthy Teens: A Worksite-based Program for Parents to Promote Adolescent Sexual Health, Preventing Chronic Disease, Vol. 3, No. 4, Oct. 2006, pp. 1-10.
  10. Undiagnosed diabetes trends change across education and race

    Although race and ethnic differentials in undiagnosed diabetes were eliminated over the last 25 years, disparities grew during the same time span across other measures, such as education.
  11. Citation: Smith JP. Economics of Health and Mortality Special Feature: Nature and Causes of Trends in Male Diabetes Prevalence, Undiagnosed Diabetes, and the Socioeconomic Status Health Gradient, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Vol. 104, No. 33, Aug 14 2007, pp. 13225-13231.
  12. Fruit and vegetable intake high in new immigrant women

    Postpartum immigrant women ate more fruits and vegetables than native-born women in the U.S. However, the difference diminished with time.
  13. Citation: Dubowitz T, Smith-Warner SA, Acevedo-Garcia D, Subramanian SV, Peterson KE. Nativity and Duration of Time in the United States: Differences in Fruit and Vegetable Intake among Low-Income Postpartum Women, American Journal of Public Health, Vol 97, No 10, 2007, pp. 1787-1790.
  14. School-based suicide prevention program reaches majority of clients

    Most students identified by this school-based suicide prevention program received follow-up care, but Latinos were less likely to access services outside the school.
  15. Citation: Kataoka S, Stein BD, Nadeem E, Wong M. Who Gets Care? Mental Health Service Use Following a School-Based Suicide Prevention Program, Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Vol. 46, No. 10, Oct 2007, pp. 1341-1348.
  16. Researcher achievements honored — November 6, 2007

    Three RAND Health researchers have recently been recognized for their important contributions to health services research and to their special fields.  Robert Brook, Director of RAND Health and RAND Vice President, has received the David E. Rogers Award, granted annually to a member of a medical school faculty who has made major contributions to improving the health and health care of the American people.  Lee H. Hilborne was installed as the new American Society for Clinical Pathology president at the Society's Annual Business Meeting on October 18, in New Orleans, LA.  Finally, Becky Collins has been awarded Fellow status in the Association for Psychological Science, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of scientific psychology and its representation at the national and international level.
  17. October RAND Health Congressional Newsletter

    The October RAND Health Congressional newsletter features research on patients who are treated for depression in primary care, the health needs of immigrants, and a research brief dealing with malpractice litigation and physician error.
  18. Recent research highlights and fact sheets from RAND Health

    How Schools Responded to Student Mental Health Needs Following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita — RB-9291

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