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Child Trends researchers study the physical and mental health of children and adolescents. Our staff conduct literature reviews, provide training and technical assistance and analyze datasets pertaining to health and access to health care. Our research informs program providers and policymakers developing strategies for addressing the health needs of children.

Featured Publications

Child Trends 5: Five Things to Know About Kids and the Environment

Apr 2014 | August Aldebot-Green

On Earth Day, young people frolic at festivals nationwide, sampling vegan cupcakes, gathering pamphlets about eco-friendly homes, and meandering through tented aisles of fair trade vendors peddling their wares. But what about beyond that day -- do youth care about the environment? And why should they? These are five things to know about today's kids and the environment.

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A Fifteen-Year (1997-2012) Profile of Children’s Overall Health: National and State Estimates, By Family Income Level

Mar 2014 | David Murphey; Tawana Bandy; Kristin Anderson Moore; P. Mae Cooper

This research brief estimates the proportion of children reported by parents to be in “very good” or “excellent” health, between 1997 and 2012. It examines trends in health status for children ages birth through 17, nationally and across states, and across family income-levels.

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The Youngest Americans: A Statistical Portrait of Infants and Toddlers in the United States

Nov 2013 | David Murphey; P. Mae Cooper; Nicole Forry

This report, commissioned by the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, focuses on infants and toddlers, their parents, communities, and the resources that exist to support them. This generation is more diverse than any in recent history, yet it is characterized by multiple inequities.

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Adolescent Health Highlight: Physical Development and Daily Health Habits

Oct 2013 | Andrea K. Garber; M. Jane Park; Claire D. Brindis; Brigitte Vaughn; Megan Barry; Lina Guzman; Amanda Berger

Adolescence: A time to nurture healthy habits Adolescence is a period of tremendous development and physical growth. By traditional markers, such as rates of mortality and chronic disease, adolescents are generally very healthy.

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