From the onset of puberty until a teenager has reached maturity, the period of adolescence can be fraught with social, emotional, and physical health and welfare challenges. RAND's research on adolescents includes studies on mental and physical health, substance use, violence, teenage pregnancy, juvenile delinquency, and educational outcomes.
Research conducted by:
RAND Labor and Population;
RAND Drug Policy Research Center
A teen who starts working for pay while still in school may be more than eight times as likely to report tobacco use than peers who don't start working while in school.
Society pays for high school dropouts' increased dependency on welfare, increased criminal activity, and decreased engagement in community service. The benefits of the National Guard's Youth ChalleNGe Program more than repay society's investment in it.