Children and Families


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 community influence on 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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    Depression Affects Teenage Girls More Often Than Boys

    Jul 14, 2017

    Depression among young people can be linked to low grades, substance abuse, irritability, relationship problems, and suicidal thoughts. In the United States, 36.1 percent of girls experience depression by age 17, compared with 13.6 percent of boys. And the gender gap may start even earlier than previously thought.

  • Sgt. John Kriesel receives treatment from a therapist while his wife, Katie, comforts him at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, February 9, 2007, photo by Yuri Gripas/Reuters


    Improving Support for Military and Veteran Caregivers: A Research Blueprint

    Jun 14, 2017

    Millions of Americans provide informal care and support to current and former U.S. service members. A new research blueprint could help inform efforts to improve support for these “hidden heroes.”

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