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Farrukh A, Sadwick R, Villasenor J. 2014. Youth internet safety: Risks, responses, and research recommendations. Washington, DC: Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings, 18 pp.

Annotation: This paper provides an overview of research representative of the depth and breadth of publications addressing child and youth online safety. Contents include an analysis of key findings, knowledge gaps, and policy recommendations. Topics include cyberbullying, sexual solicitation and unwanted exposure to sexual content, the role of privacy, parent and community involvement, and intergenerational gaps in attitudes toward internet safety issues.

Contact: Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20036, Telephone: (202) 797-6000 Fax: (202) 797-6004 E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Adolescents, Bullying, Children, Communication, Confidentiality, Internet, Interpersonal relations, Measures, Online systems, Policy development, Protective factors, Psychosocial development, Research, Risk factors, Safety, Sexual harassment, Trust

Bandy T, Terzian M, Moore KA. 2013. Measuring associations between symptoms of depression and suicide in adolescence and unhealthy romantic relationships in young adulthood. [Bethesda, MD]: Child Trends, 5 pp. (Research brief)

Annotation: This research brief presents an analysis of data collected from individuals as they moved from adolescence into early adulthood to determine whether symptoms of depression or suicide in adolescence predict unhealthy romantic relationship outcomes (relationship violence and sexual infidelity) in young adulthood. Contents include background, methods, sample characteristics, key findings, and implications. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]

Contact: Child Trends, 7315 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 1200 W, Bethesda, MD 20814, Telephone: (240) 223-9200 E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Adolescent mental health, Emotional development, Interpersonal relations, Psychosocial development, Young adults

Dworsky A, Napolitano L, Barisik E, Reddy S, Simon M. 2013. The Demoiselle-2-Femme (D2F) pregnancy prevention program evaluation: Findings from the first baseline survey. Chicago, IL: Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, 32 pp.

Annotation: This report presents the results of a baseline survey completed by 241 girls, primarily African American, in grade 9 through 11 who are participating in a federally funded evaluation of the Demoiselle-2-Femme signature after-school program in Chicago, Illinois. The purpose of the evaluation is to estimate the effects of program participation on a number of key behavioral outcomes, including sexual activity, unprotected sex, and adolescent pregnancy. The report presents background; describes the program; and discusses study design and methods; student characteristics; relationships with adults; attitudes, feelings, and knowledge about sexual behavior; sexual behavior and prior pregnancy; dating violence; tobacco, alcohol, and marijuana use; and educational expectations.

Contact: Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, 1313 East 60th Street, Chicago, IL 60637, Telephone: (773) 753-5900 Fax: (773) 753-5940 Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Adolescent attitudes, Adolescent behavior, Adolescent females, Adolescent pregnancy, Adolescent sexuality, Alcohol consumption behavior, Blacks, Community programs, Dating, Educational attainment, Illinois, Interpersonal violence, Marijuana, Prevention, Relationships, Smoking, Substance abuse

Faber A, Mazlish E. 2012. Siblings without rivalry: How to help your children live together so you can live too. (Rev. ed.). New York, NY: Avon Books, 259 pp.

Annotation: This book for parents discusses the causes of rivalry between brothers and sisters and what parents can do to help reduce sibling conflict. It discusses bad feelings, the perils of comparisons, equality, siblings in roles, what to do when kids fight, and making peace with the past.

Contact: Harper Collins, Avon Books, 10 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022, Telephone: 212-207-7000 Contact Phone: (800) 223-0690 Web Site: Available in libraries.

Keywords: Interpersonal relations, Siblings

Bandy T, Terzian M, Moore KA. 2012. Does adolescent depression/suicidailty predict unhealthy young adult romantic relationship outcomes? . Washington, DC: Child Trends, 23 pp.

Annotation: This report, which was presented at the 2012 Add Health Users Conference in Bethesda, Maryland, on July 27, 2012, explores the question of whether adolescent depression and suicidality predict unhealthy young adult romantic relationship outcomes. The report provides background, discusses gaps in research and data, and presents information from a study. Study measures (depressive symptoms, suicidal symptoms, unhealthy relationship outcomes, relationship violence, sexual infidelity), findings, and analytic methods are presented.

Contact: Child Trends, 7315 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 1200 W, Bethesda, MD 20814, Telephone: (240) 223-9200 E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Adolescent mental health, Adolescent sexuality, Depression, Interpersonal violence, Relationships, Research, Statistical data, Suicide

Washington State Department of Health, Health Education Resource Exchange. 2012. Violence and pregnancy: Screening, resources, and referrals—Provider guide Washington State. Olympia, WA: Washington State Department of Health, Health Education Resource Exchange, 2 pp.

Annotation: This fact sheet for health care providers in Washington state offers tips and advice for screening for violence among pregnant patients. It provides information on confidentiality, referral resources, as well as organizations for providers to gather more information and screening guidelines.

Contact: Washington State Department of Health, P.O. Box 47890, Olympia, WA 98504-7890, Telephone: (800) 525-0127 Secondary Telephone: (360) 236-4030 Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Interpersonal violence, Physician patient relations, Pregnant women, Prenatal screening, Resources for professionals, Washington

Kolander CA, Ballard D, Chandler C. 2011. Contemporary women's health: Issues for today and the future (4th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw Hill, 462 pp.

Annotation: Presented in five parts, this textbook for health and community services professionals and the general public focuses on women's health issues throughout the life cycle with each chapter including a summary, review questions, resource listings and references. Contents include: pt. 1. Foundations of women's health : Introducing women's health ; Becoming a wise consumer ; Developing a healthy lifestyle -- pt. 2. Mental and emotional wellness : Enhancing emotional well-being ; Managing the stress of life -- pt. 3. Sexual and relational wellness : Building healthy relationships ; Exploring women's sexuality ; Designing your reproductive life plan ; Preventing abuse against women -- pt. 4. Contemporary lifestyle and social issues : Eating well ; Keeping fit ; Using alcohol responsibly ; Making wise decisions about tobacco, caffeine, and drugs -- pt. 5. Communicable and chronic conditions : Preventing and controlling infectious diseases ; Preventing and controlling chronic health conditions ; Reducing your risk of cancer.

Contact: McGraw-Hill Companies, PO Box 182604, Columbus, OH 43272, Telephone: (877) 833-5524 Fax: (614) 759-3749 E-mail: Web Site: $72.80. Document Number: ISBN 0-8151-0626-2.

Keywords: Alcohol abuse, Alternative medicine, Behavior modification, Caffeine, Cancer, Cardiovascular diseases, Communicable diseases, Consumer education, Contraceptives, Depression, Developmental stages, Domestic abuse, Drug abuse, Eating disorders, Gynecology, Holistic health, Interpersonal relations, Life cycle, Lifestyle, Nutrition, Parenting, Pregnancy, Self esteem, Smoking, Stress management, Weight management, Women's health

Hair EC, Jager J, Garrett SB. 2003. Helping teens develop healthy social skills and relationships: What the research shows about navigating adolescence. Washington, DC: Child Trends, 8 pp. (Research brief: American teens)

Annotation: This brief presents findings from a review of adolescent development research in understanding how adolescents gain the skills needed to engage in and maintain high-quality relationships with parents, siblings, other adult family members, adults outside the family, and peers. Social skills such as interpersonal skills, intimacy, prosocial behaviors, self-control and behavior regulation, social confidence, and empathy are discussed. The conclusions and next steps sections give an overview of research findings and additional needs. A summary table provides a review of the research literature on experimental and non-experimental studies, including what works and best bets. References conclude the brief.

Contact: Child Trends, 7315 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 1200 W, Bethesda, MD 20814, Telephone: (240) 223-9200 E-mail: Web Site: Available at no charge; also available from the website.

Keywords: Adolescent behavior, Adolescents, Family relations, Interpersonal relations, Model programs, Parent child relations, Psychosocial development, Research reviews, Social skills

Mullin-Rindler N. 2003. Relational aggression and bullying: It's more than just a girl thing. Wellesley, MA: Wellesley Centers for Women, 25 pp. (Working papers; no. 408)

Annotation: This paper looks at some recent assumptions that have been made about girls and relational aggression. The paper refutes both the premise that aggression among girls is a new phenomenon and the notion that relational aggression is unique to girls. In addition, the paper offers concrete strategies based in research and developmentally appropriate practice that can be used to improve aspects of school climate that perpetuate aggression and reduce its prevalence in elementary and middle schools.

Contact: Wellesley Centers for Women, Wellesley College, 106 Central Street, Wellesley, MA 02481, Telephone: (781) 283-2500 Fax: (781) 283-2504 E-mail: Web Site: $10.00, plus shipping and handling of $4.00.

Keywords: Adolescents, Aggression, Bullying, Children, Elementary school, Females, Interpersonal relations, Middle school, Relationships, Research

Irwin CE, Duncan P, eds. 2002. Health futures of youth II: Pathways to adolescent health. Journal of Adolescent Health. 31(6 Suppl.):81-350,

Annotation: This supplement to the Journal of Adolescent Health contains papers presented at a national invitational conference convened on September 14-16, 1998, in Annapolis, MD. Participants were charged with reviewing the most current research regarding major adolescent health issues and then developing recommendations designed to advance knowledge about, and improve, the health status and well-being of adolescents. Topics include the changing demography of adolescents and their health status, the importance of investing in youth, how the media portrays youth and the influence of mass media on adolescent health behaviors. Topics also discussed include healthy adolescent physical development; psychosocial development; interventions to improve individual adolescent health, such as prevention science and mentoring; increasing the capacity of schools, neighborhoods, and communities to improve adolescent health outcomes; exploring the influence of law and public policy; adolescent reproductive health; and financing adolescent health care. The appendix provides a list of conference participants. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]

Keywords: Adolescent behavior, Adolescent development, Adolescent health, Adolescents, Community role, Interpersonal relationships, Legislation, MCH research, Mass media, Psychosocial development, Public policy, School health education

Cohen J. [1998]. Disability etiquette: Tips on interacting with people with disabilities. Buffalo, NY: Eastern Paralyzed Veterans Association, 51 pp.

Annotation: This illustrated booklet is for anyone-with or without a disability- who wants to interact more effectively with people with disabilities. Topics include sensitivity in offering assistance, physical contact, general conversation, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Chapters offer tips unique to the type of disability encountered; blind/visually impaired; deaf/hard of hearing; speech disabilities; short stature; cerebral palsy; Tourette syndrome; multiple chemical sensitivity; epilepsy; HIV and AIDS; psychiatric disabilities; cognitive disabilities; and emergency evacuation procedures. Additional information is provided about print, Web, and other special resources.

Contact: Eastern Paralyzed Veterans Association, 75-20 Astoria Boulevard, Jackson Heights, NY 11370, Telephone: (718) 803-3782 Fax: (718) 803-0414 E-mail: Available from the website.

Keywords: Cultural sensitivity, Disabilities, Educational materials, Interpersonal relations, Social skills

Meyer LA. 1997. I see myself changing: A meditation journal for young adults. Baltimore, MD: Recovery Communications, 127 pp.

Annotation: This book is a guided journal. Each section has a brief introduction to a recovery concept, often related to the twelve-step program. In self-talk form, the introduction suggests ways of thinking about choices, self-care, family systems, feelings, solving problems, family roles, roles, denial, personal pacing, balance, recovery, change, holidays, loneliness, uneasiness, criticism, family problems, responsibility, enabling, concern for others, love and pity, rescuing, excitement, mountains and molehills, a higher power, love, and birthdays.

Contact: Recovery Communications, P.O. Box 19910, Baltimore, MD 21211, Telephone: (410) 243-8352 Fax: (410) 243-8558 E-mail: Web Site: $12.95. Document Number: ISBN 0-9615995-6-1.

Keywords: Interpersonal relations, Meditation, Mental health, Recovering addicts, Self evaluation

Young M, Young T. 1996, r1997. Abstinence: Pick and choose activities for grades 7-12. Santa Cruz, CA: ETR Associates, 209 pp.

Annotation: This book is designed to provide teachers with classroom activities to promote sexual abstinence as a viable option for adolescents. It contains four sections, on the areas of self-esteem, interpersonal relationships, decision-making skills, and life planning. At the beginning of each section, the book contains a subsection for teachers' information, designed to provide background information and content knowledge for the topic. The 1997 modifications were approved by the U.S. Office on Adolescent Pregnancy Programs.

Contact: ETR Associates, 4 Carbonero Way, Scotts Valley, CA 95066-4200, Telephone: (831) 438-4060 Secondary Telephone: (800) 321-4407 Fax: (800) 435-8433 E-mail: Web Site: Available in libraries. Document Number: ISBN 1-56071-514-6.

Keywords: Abstinence, Adolescents, Decision making, Interpersonal relations, Life skills, Self esteem, Teachers

Michigan Department of Community Health, Bureau of Child and Family Services, Division of Children's Special Health Care Services, Parent Participation Program,. [1995]. Packaged wisdom: A self-help guide for parents of children with special health care needs. Detroit, MI: Michigan Department of Public Health, Children's Special Health Care Services, Parent Participation Program, 46 pp.

Annotation: This manual gives information and exercises to promote information-seeking and question-asking, to improve parent-professional relations, and to strengthen the interaction among parents of diverse backgrounds so that they can effectively help each other. The emphasis is on strengthening the parents' ability to cope with the difficulties resulting from the child's special needs. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]

Contact: Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Children's Special Health Care Services, Capitol View Building, 201 Townsend Street, Lansing, MI 48909, Telephone: (517) 373-3740 Contact Phone: (800) 359-3722 Web Site:,1607,7-132-2942_4911_35698---,00.html Available from the website.

Keywords: Children with special health care needs, Cultural diversity, Interpersonal relations, Parent education programs, Parent professional relations, Self help programs, Support groups

Lindsay JW. 1995. Teenage couples: Caring, commitment and change—How to build a relationship that lasts. Buena Park, CA: Morning Glory Press, 206 pp.

Annotation: This book provides information adolescent couples need to know in order to interact with one another. It covers the emotional components of meeting and falling in love with someone, making decisions about the future of the relationship; communicating; resolving arguments; keeping a romance alive; the significance of sex; building trusting relationships; dealing with issues related to drugs, alcohol, and partner abuse, and making decisions about ending a relationship. It is one of two publications developed for adolescent couples, whether married or unmarried. The other publication, "Teenage Couples: Coping with Reality," focuses on issues relating to finances, parental relations, having children, and taking responsibility for the activities of daily life such as cooking and cleaning. A third volume, "Teenage Couples: Expectations and Reality," presents the results of a 1994 survey on adolescent couples which considered the differences in the problems encountered by couples living singly and those living together.

Contact: Morning Glory Press, 6595 San Haroldo Way, Buena Park, CA 90620-3748, Telephone: (888) 612-8254 Fax: (888) 327-4362 E-mail: Web Site: Available in libraries. Document Number: ISBN 1-885356-92-x, paper; 1-885356-93-8, cloth.

Keywords: Adolescents, Communication, Conflict resolution, Domestic violence, Interpersonal relations, Marriage, Materials for adolescents, Relationships, Social behavior, Substance abuse

Advocates for Youth. 1995. Life planning education: A youth development program. (3rd ed.). Washington, DC: Advocates for Youth, 541 pp.

Annotation: This teaching guide helps educators prepare adolescents in grades 7–12 to make decisions about topics that will affect their lives. It covers the skills and information adolescents need to make transitions from school to adulthood. The guide uses exercises and activities that rely on the experiences of the participants to reinforce the lesson. Chapters cover these topics: self perception and self image; personal, family, and community values; communication; relationships; sexuality; community participation; goal setting; decision making; gender roles; parenting; responding to violence; health care; reducing sexual risks, and employment. The guide includes an evaluation form and lists sources of videotapes. An earlier edition of this title was released in 1989 by the Center for Population Options, which was the publisher's name at that time. It is being revised in 2015. It is also available in Polish, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Contact: Advocates for Youth, 2000 M Street, N.W., Suite 750, Washington, DC 20036, Telephone: (202) 419-3420 Fax: (202) 419-1448 Web Site: $44.95 plus 20 percent shipping and handling.

Keywords: AIDS, Adolescent parents, Adolescent pregnancy, Adolescents, Communication skills, Decision making, Educational materials, Employment, Family planning, HIV, Health, Interpersonal relations, Life skills, Non English language materials, Parenting, Planning, Problem solving, Resources for professionals, Risk factors, Self concept, Sex role, Sexuality education, Sexually transmitted diseases, Social values, Spanish language materials, Violence prevention

Zabin LS, Hayward SC. 1993. Adolescent sexual behavior and childbearing. Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications, 133 pp. (Developmental clinical psychology and psychiatry; v. 26)

Annotation: This book provides an integrative approach to the topic of adolescent pregnancy and childbearing. Biological, sociocultural, and interpersonal forces and influences impinging on adolescents are discussed within a developmental framework. Topics addressed include patterns of sexual activity, contraceptive use, abortion, single parenthood, adolescent relationships, prenatal care, and intervention to prevent adolescent pregnancy.

Contact: Sage Publications, 2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320-2218, Telephone: (805) 499-9774 Secondary Telephone: (800)818-7243 Fax: (805) 499-0871 E-mail: Web Site: Available in libraries.

Keywords: Abortion, Adolescent pregnancy, Adolescent sexuality, Adolescents, Contraception, Interpersonal relations, Parenting, Prenatal care, Prevention

McCoy K, Wibbelsman C. 1992. The new teenage body book. East Rutherford, NJ: Putnam Publishing Group, 286 pp.

Annotation: This book was written for adolescents to provide answers to questions and helps them learn more about their bodies and feelings. Topics include physical and emotional development, health, nutrition, exercise, personal appearance, substance use, relationships, sexuality, contraception, sexually transmitted diseases, pregnancy, and parenthood. Appendices provide listing of adolescent clinics in each state, crisis counseling and hotlines, special needs resources, books, and audiotapes and videotapes.

Keywords: Adolescent health, Adolescent pregnancy, Adolescent sexuality, Adolescents, Contraception, Eating disorders, Emotional development, Exercise, Interpersonal relations, Nutrition, Parenting, Physical development, Sexually transmitted diseases, Social development, Substance use

Giarrantano S, Evans D. 1990. Entering adulthood: Examining drugs and risks. Santa Cruz, CA: ETR Associates/Network Publications, 242 pp. (Contemporary health series)

Annotation: This eleven-lesson curriculum developed to provide high school students with information on commonly used drugs and explores legal issues involved in drug use. The curriculum encourages students to develop strategies and decision-making techniques to help resist pressures to use drugs and identifies community and school resources that provide counseling, rehabilitation, and treatment for drug users. The workbook is designed for classroom use, and includes information, worksheets, role plays, and quizzes.

Contact: ETR Associates, 4 Carbonero Way, Scotts Valley, CA 95066-4200, Telephone: (831) 438-4060 Secondary Telephone: (800) 321-4407 Contact Phone: (408) 438-4080 Fax: (800) 435-8433 E-mail: Web Site: Available in libraries.

Keywords: AIDS, Abstinence, Adolescent health, Childbirth, Communication, Contraception, Curricula, Health behavior, Interpersonal relations, Reproduction, Self esteem, Sexually transmitted diseases

MacDonald JD. 1989. Becoming partners with children: From play to conversation. San Antonio, TX: Special Press, 349 pp.

Annotation: This book introduces a new model for social and communicative development of developmentally delayed children. It focuses on the pre-conversational child who has yet to develop a stable or generalized habit of spontaneous conversation. The model is based on two perspectives: the literature on the development of parent-child interaction in the first few years after birth and a series of clinical research projects that have investigated parent-child interaction within intervention programs. The model, called ECO, focuses on partnerships in the competency areas of play, turn-taking, nonverbal communication, language, and conversation. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]

Keywords: Child health, Children with special health care needs, Communication, Developmental disabilities, Early intervention programs, Interpersonal relations, Parent child relations, Play

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This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U02MC31613, MCH Advanced Education Policy, $3.5 M. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.