Improving the Odds for Adolescents Publications
Just over two million youth under the age of 18 were arrested in 2008. Of these two million, about 95 percent had not been accused of violent crimes. For nonviolent youth involved in the juvenile justice system, incarceration in traditional residential placement facilities often does more harm than good. This factsheet discusses the weaknesses of large residential placement facilities, as well as the promise of community based alternatives. Challenges to juvenile justice reform and recommendations are provided.
For policymakers, adolescence presents an invaluable opportunity to ensure that all young people can access the high-quality services and supports they need to improve their odds of becoming successful, healthy, productive adults. This report, based on findings from NCCP’s Improving the Odds for Adolescents project, highlights key findings from NCCP’s database of state policy choices. The report summarizes emerging patterns and can be used to stimulate dialogue, both within the states and nationally, about how to make more strategic, coherent investments in America’s adolescents.
Substance use disorders among adolescents can impede important developmental milestones, including developing autonomy, forming intimate interpersonal relationships, and general integration into adult society. We examine a variety of aspects of adolescent substance use in this fact sheet.
This report highlights a growing segment of the population who are arriving at young adulthood disconnected from the main pathways leading to economic independence.
Adolescent obesity in the United States has many important implications for both the health and well-being of the individual and society. Specific negative impacts of obesity on health include increased susceptibility to a host of diseases, chronic health disorders, psychological disorders, and premature death. This fact sheet presents basic facts about adolescent obesity, outlines barriers to obesity prevention, and makes recommendations for addressing some of these barriers.
Parental employment, parental education, family structure and other variables each play an important role in predicting the likelihood that a child will endure economic hardship. This fact sheet is part of an NCCP series that present the facts and figures broken down into five age groups: Under Age 3, Under Age 6, Ages 6 to 11, Ages 12 to 17, and Children Under 18.
Achieving reproductive and sexual health requires more than preventing unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, it includes developing the ability to form and maintain meaningful relationships with others and with one’s own body. This fact sheet presents basic facts about adolescent reproductive and sexual health, outlines barriers to meeting their health needs, and makes recommendations for addressing some of these barriers.
Overall rates of injury and death increase dramatically from childhood to late adolescence. This fact sheet presents basic facts about adolescent violence and unintentional injury, outlines barriers to ensuring their safety, and makes recommendations for addressing these barriers.
Mental health and social and emotional wellbeing are key components of any strategy to promote adolescents’ healthy development. This fact sheet presents basic facts about adolescent mental health, outlines barriers to ensuring adolescents are mentally healthy, and makes recommendations for eliminating these barriers going forward.