Adolescent Health and Risk Communication

The Adolescent Health and Risk Communication Institute was established as part of the Annenberg Public Policy Center in January 2002 with a grant from the Annenberg Foundation. Originally called the Adolescent Risk Communication Institute, the program’s name was changed in 2015 to denote the inclusion of health as well as risk variables. The Institute’s mission is to promote healthy youth development by educating the public, scholarly community and policy-makers about the latest scientific advances in reducing risks to adolescent health. It does so by convening conferences of experts, conducting national surveys and performing externally funded research. The findings of these projects are communicated to both scholars and the public through books, scientific reports and on the Internet.

School Mental Health Professionals Identify Adolescent Mental Conditions as More Serious Problems than Violence and Interpersonal Conflict in High Schools

A recently completed national survey of over 1400 mental health professionals in public schools serving adolescents indicates that student depression and use of alcohol and illegal drugs are seen as serious behavior problems in high schools, even more serious than various forms of violence, including bullying, fighting and use of weapons.
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Confidence of Docs About Diagnosing Teen Mental Disorders Good Not Excellent

Only Half Screen for Mental Disorders; Treatment, Resources, and Insurance Coverage Are Barriers to Effective Treatment The results will be released at the launch of a national effort to increase the diagnosis and treatment of adolescent mental disorders. The summit will bring together seven commissions consisting of 100 of the nation’s leading scholars of adolescent
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Reducing Adolescent Risk

Reducing Adolescent Risk focuses on common influences that result in risk behaviors in order to design more unified, comprehensive prevention strategies. This book summarizes presentations at the Adolescent Risk Communication Institute of the Annenberg Public Policy Center. Leading researchers and intervention specialists synthesize current knowledge about risks to adolescent health in areas including drugs and alcohol, tobacco, unprotected sex, suicide and depression, and gambling.
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Smoking Risk, Perception, and Policy

Do individuals really understand the risks entailed by their smoking decisions? The question is particularly important in the case of young persons, because most smokers start during childhood and adolescence. Although it is generally believed that every teenager and adult knows that smoking is dangerous to health, this book presents a counter-view, based on a survey of several thousand young persons and adults. The authors assert that young smokers give little or no thought to health risks or the problems of addiction.
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