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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

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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Adolescent Healthcare Highlight: Positive Mental Health-Resilience

Jan 2013 | David Murphey; Megan Barry; Brigitte Vaughn

As is true for physical health, mental health encompasses more than the absence of disorders. Researchers have considered a number of dimensions of positive mental health, one of which is “resilience.”

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