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.

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    Getting to Outcomes® Guide for Teen Pregnancy Prevention

    Aug 5, 2016

    This guide is designed to help organizations assess the need for and select a teen pregnancy prevention program, identify specific goals and outcomes, create a detailed plan, identify and use evaluation measures, and apply data for program improvement.

  • Teens drinking and smoking

    Journal Article

    Adolescent Alcohol and Marijuana Use Predicts Poor Academic Performance and Health Problems

    Jun 14, 2016

    Adolescents who use both marijuana and alcohol are more likely to have poor academic performance and mental health during high school. Marijuana use is predictive of poorer functioning across more areas than alcohol use, and nonwhite youth tend to experience poorer functioning than white youth.

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