Indicator List for Adolescents

The teen years call on young people to exercise initiative, independence, judgment in new arenas of relationships, values, learning, and engagement in work and community.

Indicator List for Adolescents



In 2013, nearly one-eighth of males ages three to 17 (12 percent) had been diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder by a doctor or other health professional, according to parental report.


Adopted Children

Overall, adopted children in the U.S. fare about as well as children in the general population.  However, many adopted children bring to their new families a history of adverse early experiences that may make them more vulnerable to developmental risks.



In the United States, asthma is more common among boys than it is among girls. In 2013, nine percent of males under age 18 were reported to have asthma, compared with seven percent of females.


Autism Spectrum Disorders

The prevalence of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) had risen markedly in recent years.  However, it is too soon to know whether these data indicate a true increase in the numbers of children with this condition, or a growing recognition of the diagnosis by parents and health professionals.

Binge Drinking

Binge drinking among high schoolers declined during the 2000s, and is now at record low levels; however, as of 2015, nearly one in five (17 percent) 12th-graders reported this behavior.


Birth Control Pill Use

Among sexually active high school students, whites are far more likely than black or Hispanic students to report using birth control pills (26, versus eight and nine percent, respectively), as of 2013.

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