RAND research on children covers the prenatal period up to age 18 and includes areas such as child health and the role of the family unit, neighborhoods, and communities in influencing child well-being. RAND's family-focused research covers additional topics such as marriage and divorce, senior care, and family finances.
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Simultaneous developmental delays among young children and depression among parents can create serious challenges for many families. However, results from the Helping Families Raise Healthy Children initiative suggest that aligning early intervention and behavioral health systems can help.
Journal Articles (921)
The authors assessed intergenerational transmission of smoking in mother-child dyads.
The availabiltiy of junk food does not significantly increase BMI or obesity among a group of fifth-graders even though they are likely to buy junk food.
The authors of this study examined the extent to which youths being prescribed antipsychotic medications were receiving concurrent mental health therapy.
This study seeks to assess more comprehensively the results of decisions on whether and how to 'schedule' (i.e. to determine their legal status and penalties to be applied for sale or possession) newly emerging drugs.
The substantial expansion in the RN workforce between 2005 and 2010 is largely a temporary bubble that is likely to burst between 2010 and 2015 as the unemployment rate falls.
Adolescent children of mothers with HIV face a host of stressors that place them at increased risk for poor outcomes.
The aim of the present study was to examine whether low perceived control, a cognitive vulnerability factor, contributes to stress generation.
The strong link between having a best friend who smoked and increased adolescent smoking isn't affected by individual factors such as self-esteem, depressing and access to cigarettes.
It's widely assumed that living near fast-food restaurants and convenience stores encourages overconsumption, while supermarkets encourage healthier diets. However, an analysis found no robust link between food environment and consumption in youths, indicating a more complicated relationship than some theories suppose.
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.
This study sought to better understand factors associated with different patterns of treatment among children starting treatment for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
The study examined the interaction between early maturational timing (measured by premature adrenarche [PA]) and executive functioning and cortisol reactivity on symptoms of psychopathology.
Although circumcisions may be performed for cultural or religious reasons, there has been debate over the ethics and medical necessity of this procedure.
Pediatric self-report should be considered the standard for measuring patient reported outcomes (PRO) among children.
This article examines the relationship between cognitive functioning and emotional distress in a sample of 2,684 married couples from the 2006 and 2008 Korean Longitudinal Study of Aging.
Evidence suggests that lesbian and gay young adults use substances more frequently than their heterosexual peers.
Child care studies that have examined links between teachers' qualifications and children's outcomes often ignore teachers' and children's transitions between classrooms at a center throughout the day and only take into account head teacher qualifications.
This study examined whether an adolescent's self-identified race moderates the perceived effectiveness of anti-smoking messages.
Investigates the multiple levels of influence on unprotected sex among homeless youth, including social network, individual, and partner level influences.