Adolescent Health (HealthyPeople.gov.)

Description:

Goal

Improve the healthy development, health, safety, and well-being of adolescents and young adults.

Overview

Adolescents (ages 10 to 19) and young adults (ages 20 to 24) make up 21 percent of the population of the United States.1 The behavioral patterns established during these developmental periods help determine young people's current health status and their risk for developing chronic diseases in adulthood.2

Although adolescence and young adulthood are generally healthy times of life, several important public health and social problems either peak or start during these years. Examples include:

  • Homicide
  • Suicide
  • Motor vehicle crashes, including those caused by drinking and driving
  • Substance use and abuse
  • Smoking
  • Sexually transmitted infections, including human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
  • Teen and unplanned pregnancies
  • Homelessness

This site includes objectives and evidence-based information and recommendations to Adolescent Health.

Tag(s): After High School Behavior Evidence-Based Practice High School Mental Health Middle School Professional Resources Safety Social/Emotional