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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Researchers from the RAND Corporation and other institutions have begun pilot-testing a web-based tool designed to help parents and adult caregivers determine whether to seek urgent medical attention for a sick child with flu-like symptoms.
If prevention researchers build programs with developmentally relevant content, and provide this content in an engaging, confidential, and non-judgmental way, it can help middle school-aged children avoid alcohol.
School-based drug education programs for adolescents can have a long-term positive impact on sexual behavior in addition to curbing substance abuse.
Most adolescents referred to long-term group homes in Los Angeles County after being charged with a serious offense reported they were still involved with crime or drugs seven years later.
The first multi-dimensional effort to quantify the disparities faced by African-American and Latino boys and men in California across a broad spectrum of health and social factors provides a disquieting outlook for their lives.
Making a virginity pledge may help some young people postpone the start of sexual activity.
May 3, 2007 news release: RAND Study Finds Alcohol Advertising and Marketing Are Associated with Adolescent Drinking.
April 19, 2007 news release: RAND Study Finds School Playgrounds and Athletic Facilities Are an Untapped Resource in Fight Against Childhood Obesity.
December 28, 2006 News Release: Few Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Teens Tell Their Doctor Their Sexual Orientation, RAND Study Finds.
December 7, 2006 News Release: RAND Study Shows Drug, Alcohol and Cigarette Use While Alone Puts Eighth-Graders at High Risk for Later Problems.
December 5, 2006 News Release:RAND Study Says Lessons from Fighting Cold War-Era Insurgencies Could Aid U.S. Efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
November 6, 2006 News Release: RAND Study Finds Neighborhood Parks Associated with More Physical Activity in Adolescent Girls
August 7, 2006 News Release: RAND Study Finds Adolescents Who Listen to a Great Deal of Music with Degrading Sexual Lyrics Have Sex Sooner.
Certain types of alcohol advertising may lead adolescents to begin drinking or increase their use of alcohol.
Adolescents who watch large amounts of television containing sexual content are twice as likely to begin engaging in sexual intercourse in the following year as their peers who watch little such TV.
Even though most African American teenagers try smoking, they are less likely than whites and Hispanics to become regular smokers during adolescence and young adulthood.