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Adolescent Health

Professional Resource Brief

Web Sites

Advocates for Youth
Information for professionals, youth, and parents on reproductive and sexual health.

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)
Materials for health professionals and families, including audio interviews with experts on adolescent mental health issues and reproducible family fact sheets in Spanish and English on topics such as teen suicide, teen driving safety, and psychiatric medication for adolescents. AACAP policy statements, a database of child and adolescent psychiatrists, and links to related Web sites are also provided.

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP): Adolescent Health Care
Resources for professionals, patients, and families, including news, handouts, policy statements, educational tools, related Web sites, and links to state projects and promising practices.

American Psychological Association (APA): Teens
News related to adolescent psychology; tips for parents; links to external Web sites for adolescents, parents, and professionals.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH): Healthy Youth, Adolescent Health
Information on critical adolescent health behaviors, data and statistics, science-based strategies, state and local programs, and related resources. Publications and Other Resources on topics such as alcohol and tobacco use, injury prevention, nutrition and food safety, physical activity, school health, sexual behavior, suicide, violence, youth risk behavior, HIV information. Includes links to key resources, programs and campaigns (GYT: Get Yourself Tested).

Center for Latino Adolescent and Family Health
Resources for parents and adolescents on avoiding problem behaviors. Materials to help families and adolescents talk together, and an online video.

Department of Health and Human Services: Office of Adolescent Health
Information about federal adolescent health promotion and disease prevention programs and initiatives across the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, including assistance to pregnant and parenting adolescents, teen pregnancy prevention, and HIV/AIDS prevention. Resources on reproductive health, mental health, physical health and nutrition, substance abuse, and healthy relationships. Resources for parents on talking with teens. Data and evidence-based programs directory.

Education Resource Information Center (ERIC)
More than 40,000 bibliographic records related to the education of adolescents. To search the database for articles books, policy papers, technical reports, and other materials, enter in the search box "adolescents" or select narrower age groups such as "early adolescents" or "late adolescents." Click on Search. Use the filters in the left navigation bar to further limit your search.

Medline Plus: Teen Health
Publications, news updates, research findings, clinical trials, statistics, and links to related information and organizations.

National Adolescent and Young Adult Health Information Center (NAHIC)
Adolescent health data, tools for state and local programs, and resources related to health care services (access and financing, for example), and state and federal policy.

National Alliance to Advance Adolescent Health
Site for professionals, with model teen programs, publications (fact sheets, issue briefs, reports, and journal articles), and links to adolescent health organizations.

National Centers of Excellence in Youth Violence Prevention (YVPCs)
Information, initiatives, and resources aimed at preventing violence and creating safer, healthier family and community environments for youth.

Power to Decide: the Campaign to Prevent Unplanned Pregnancy
National and state data, fact sheets, videos, and public service advertisements for teens, parents, and professionals. (Formerly the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy)

Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM)
Position papers, clinical care resources, and brochures for teens and parents.

Urban Institute: Children and Youth
Online studies, reports, and papers on adolescents covering topics such as economic well-being, delinquency and crime, secondary education, and sexual attitudes and behaviors.

What Works in Youth HIV
Resources, professional literature, evidence-based programs and practices, and technical assistance. Topics include minority and cultural groups (Asian, Black, Latino, LGBT), HIV testing, mental health, sexual behavior, substance use, and youth. (Formerly the National Resource Center for HIV/AIDS Prevention Among Adolescents)


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Adolescent Health Professional Resource Brief. (February 2009. Updated July 2012; July 2021

Authors: Beth DeFrancis Sun, M.L.S.; Olivia K. Pickett, M.S., M.L.S., MCH Digital Library

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.