Forgotten Ages, Forgotten Problems
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This monograph presents an overview of adolescent health in the United States — the major causes of adolescent morbidity and mortality, barriers to obtaining appropriate or adequate care, and the strengths and weaknesses of prevention and treatment programs aimed at the “new morbidity” (emotional and behavioral problems and their consequences). It argues that adolescents and their problems have received short shrift in the American health care system, making the case that an increasing proportion of adolescent health needs is related to psychosocial and behavioral problems rather than physical disease. It concludes by suggesting several research and policy initiatives aimed at developing the information and resources needed to improve adolescent prospects for well-being. The initiatives range from long-term research on both the common and unique antecedents of high-risk behavior among adolescents to the evaluation of prevention and intervention programs specifically designed for different age groups and different levels of risk for future harm.