Protecting adolescent's from harm: Findings from the national longitudinal study on adolescent health

Michael D. Resnick, Peter S. Bearman, Robert W Blum, Karl E. Bauman, Kathleen M. Harris, Jo Jones, Joyce Tabor, Trish Beuhring, Renee E. Sieving, Marcia Shew, Marjorie Ireland, Linda H. Bearinger, J. Richard Udry

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Context. - The main threats to adolescents' health are the risk behaviors they choose. How their social context shapes their behaviors is poorly understood. Objective. - To identify risk and protective factors at the family, school, and individual levels as they relate to 4 domains of adolescent health and morbidity: emotional health, violence, substance use, and sexuality. Design. - Cross-sectional analysis of interview data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health. Participants. - A total of 12118 adolescents in grades 7 through 12 drawn from an initial national school survey of 90 118 adolescents from 80 high schools plus their feeder middle schools. Setting. - The interview was completed in the subject's home. Main Outcome Measures. - Eight areas, were assessed: emotional distress; suicidal thoughts and behaviors; violence; use of 3 substances (cigarettes, alcohol, marijuana); and 2 types of sexual behaviors (age of sexual debut and pregnancy history). Independent variables included measures of family context, school context, and individual characteristics. Results. - Parent- family connectedness and perceived school connectedness were protective against every health risk behavior measure except history of pregnancy. Conversely ease of access to guns at home was associated with suicidality (grades 9-12:P

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)823-832
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of the American Medical Association
Volume278
Issue number10
StatePublished - Sep 10 1997
Externally publishedYes

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National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health
Reproductive History
Risk-Taking
Violence
Interviews
Health
Firearms
Sexuality
Cannabis
Tobacco Products
Sexual Behavior
Cross-Sectional Studies
Alcohols
Outcome Assessment (Health Care)
Morbidity

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Resnick, M. D., Bearman, P. S., Blum, R. W., Bauman, K. E., Harris, K. M., Jones, J., ... Udry, J. R. (1997). Protecting adolescent's from harm: Findings from the national longitudinal study on adolescent health. Journal of the American Medical Association, 278(10), 823-832.

Protecting adolescent's from harm : Findings from the national longitudinal study on adolescent health. / Resnick, Michael D.; Bearman, Peter S.; Blum, Robert W; Bauman, Karl E.; Harris, Kathleen M.; Jones, Jo; Tabor, Joyce; Beuhring, Trish; Sieving, Renee E.; Shew, Marcia; Ireland, Marjorie; Bearinger, Linda H.; Udry, J. Richard.

In: Journal of the American Medical Association, Vol. 278, No. 10, 10.09.1997, p. 823-832.

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Resnick, MD, Bearman, PS, Blum, RW, Bauman, KE, Harris, KM, Jones, J, Tabor, J, Beuhring, T, Sieving, RE, Shew, M, Ireland, M, Bearinger, LH & Udry, JR 1997, 'Protecting adolescent's from harm: Findings from the national longitudinal study on adolescent health', Journal of the American Medical Association, vol. 278, no. 10, pp. 823-832.
Resnick, Michael D. ; Bearman, Peter S. ; Blum, Robert W ; Bauman, Karl E. ; Harris, Kathleen M. ; Jones, Jo ; Tabor, Joyce ; Beuhring, Trish ; Sieving, Renee E. ; Shew, Marcia ; Ireland, Marjorie ; Bearinger, Linda H. ; Udry, J. Richard. / Protecting adolescent's from harm : Findings from the national longitudinal study on adolescent health. In: Journal of the American Medical Association. 1997 ; Vol. 278, No. 10. pp. 823-832.
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