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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.

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An Analysis of State Underage Drinking Policies and Adolescent Alcohol Use

Sep 2014 | Vanessa H. Sacks; Kristin Anderson Moore; Alysha N. Ramirez; Mary Terzian

This brief examines the relationship between 14 state underage drinking laws and drinking prevalence among U.S. high school students, using data from four years (between 2005 to 2011) from the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey (YRBSS), the Alcohol Policy Information System (APIS), and Child Trends’ own state policy database.

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Are the Children Well? A Model and Recommendations for Promoting the Mental Wellness of the Nation's Young People

Jul 2014 | David Murphey; Brandon Stratford; Rachel Gooze; Elizabeth Bringewatt; P. Mae Cooper; Rachel Carney; Angela Rojas

The mental health challenges our country's young people face call for shifting the focus of policy and practice from illness, to promotion of wellness and flourishing. This report argues that the distinction between mental and physical health is artificial and harmful. We consider the evidence for interventions that can improve mental wellness at multiple levels.

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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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