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Adolescent Connectedness and Adult Health Outcomes – June 24, 2019
Helping young people feel engaged and cared for at home and at school — also called connectedness — may have substantial health benefits that last well beyond their teenage years, suggests a CDC study published in Pediatrics.
The 2017 YRBS data reveals disparities across multiple health risk behaviors and experiences in the areas of sexual risk behavior, substance abuse, violence victimization, mental health and suicide for all U.S. high school students.
- Young people account for a disproportionate share of new HIV infections and STIs.
- Only 1 in 5 sexually experienced US high school students have been tested for HIV.
- Progress in reducing sexual risk among US youth has stalled in recent years.
Kathleen Ethier, PhD
Director, Division of Adolescent and School Health
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