As they transition from childhood to adulthood, adolescents make choices that affect their current and future health. These choices are often influenced by family members and friends as well as community, school and work environments.
Six critical types of adolescent health behavior contribute to the leading causes of death and disability among adults and youth (CDC) :
- Alcohol and drug use
- Injury and violence (including suicide)
- Tobacco use
- Physical activity
- Sexual behaviors
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Community Guide Recommendations
Person-to-person interventions to improve caregivers' parenting skills
Parenting interventions have the potential to affect a variety of adolescent risk behaviors and associated health outcomes. The interventions addressed in this review are designed to modify adolescents’ risk/protective behaviors and health outcomes by improving their caregivers’ parenting skills. To be included in this review, an intervention had to use information or behavioral strategies to improve parenting skills, and to do so through direct personal contact between the intervention provider and the caregiver.