Activity

Science of Adolescence


Type: Stand Alone Workshop
Topics: Children and Families, Public Health, Select Populations and Health Equity, Substance Use and Mental Health
Board: Board on Children, Youth, and Families

Activity Description

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) and the National Research Council (NRC) are forming ad hoc committee to organize three workshops to review the science of adolescence within a life course perspective and highlight the implications of this research for preventing risk behavior.

This effort will feature invited presentations and discussions and include a set of commissioned papers to highlight strengths and gaps in the research literature and will explore whether additional work, such as an ad hoc consensus study, would be useful.  Agendas for the workshops will be developed to address the following topics: the current state of knowledge; lessons learned from providers and practitioners working in this area; and the knowledge, research opportunities, and emerging fields of science that offer promise for the design, implementation, and evaluation of prevention programs for adolescents, as well as in fostering positive assets and relationships that can promote healthy development..

This project will include three public workshops (each of which will produce an unedited transcript) and a set of commissioned papers to highlight strengths and gaps in the research literature. The workshops will produce a summary report that will review the commissioned papers and workshop presentations and highlight key observations. 

As warranted after the completion of the workshops, a prospectus on a detailed study of the subject may be prepared for internal review and approval.  If appropriate, the commissioned papers may be submitted for publication in an appropriate professional journal.

Funding for this study is provided to The National Academies by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service's Office of the Assistant Secretary of Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).

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