RAND research on the physical and mental health of adolescents examines such topics as teenage pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), substance use, obesity and physical activity, depression and suicide, and the influence of the media on sexual behavior.
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Evidence is mounting that something happens when youth start working that compels them to smoke. With this trend in mind, it's worth exploring potential strategies to prevent smoking among youth who enter the workforce.
Research has uncovered links between the motives movie characters convey for smoking on the silver screen and real-world smoking risk among middle school students.
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Many adolescents use alcohol and drugs (AODs); however, most do not seek help because of stigma or confidentiality concerns.
Studies have shown that increased exposure to cigarette advertising increases adolescents' risk of smoking.
The impact of demographic and family influence factors on smoking initiation varies over time. However, the maximum risk for initiation is during the early teen years, and the range of considerable vulnerability is during middle school and high school.
The present study investigated whether adolescent cigarette, alcohol, marijuana, and hard drug use predicts life satisfaction in young adulthood.
The authors examined the effects of perceived prevalence of drug use among same-age peers on adolescents' subsequent drug use.
Adolescents face financial and nonfinancial barriers to health care.
Raising the profile of existing facilities may help increase physical activity among adolescent girls.
Policy makers should consider limiting a variety of marketing practices that could contribute to drinking in early adolescence.
Acculturation may influence Filipino-American parent-adolescent communication about sex and, consequently, Filipino-American adolescent sexual health.
Study highlights components of the treatment process that may be particularly important for practitioners to consider and monitor in their clients
The authors examine whether adolescents' probability judgments for significant life events are predictive and accurate.
Project ALERT drug prevention curriculum curbed alcohol misuse and tobacco and marijuana use among eighth-grade adolescents.
The authors examined whether adolescent sexual abstinence predicts better adult mental health.
Positive youth development (PYD) emphasizes a strengths-based approach to the promotion of positive outcomes for adolescents.
There is a strong link between working for pay and adolescent tobacco use.
How youth perceive health issues and how they can become advocates for health promotion in their communities.
Substance abuse treatment programs often do not target smoking, despite its long-term health risks
The good health habits of adolescent Asian immigrants improve with each generation born in the United States, but health habits among adolescent Latino immigrants generally remain poor or become worse in succeeding generations.
This study examined sex differences in risk factors associated with adolescent depression in a large sample of boys and girls.
There is evidence that depression during adolescence and early adulthood is marked by deficits in interpersonal functioning.