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The health status of young adults in the United States.
J Adolesc Health. 2006 Sep; 39(3):305-17.JA

Abstract

The health issues of young adulthood have received relatively little attention compared with those of adolescence, although the critical issues in young adulthood parallel those of adolescence. Young adults often fare worse than adolescents on health indicators, with many measures of negative outcomes--including rates of injury, homicide, and substance use--peaking during the young adult years. The contextual factors shaping health status and access to care in young adulthood differ significantly from the context of adolescence. This article synthesizes national data to present a health profile of young adults, reviewing social indicators that describe the context of young adulthood and presenting measures of health status. We examine mortality, morbidity, risky behaviors, and health care access and utilization, identifying the most significant gender and racial/ethnic disparities. The article also identifies limitations of existing data and offers suggestions for future research and health monitoring in this area. We conclude with a discussion of current efforts to address the health and well-being of young adults and argue for creating a national health agenda for young adults that includes research, programs and policies to address health issues during this period of the lifespan.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Pediatrics, Division of Adolescent Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, California 94143-0503, USA. jane.park@ucsf.eduNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
Review

Language

eng

PubMed ID

16919791

Citation

Park, M Jane, et al. "The Health Status of Young Adults in the United States." The Journal of Adolescent Health : Official Publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine, vol. 39, no. 3, 2006, pp. 305-17.
Park MJ, Paul Mulye T, Adams SH, et al. The health status of young adults in the United States. J Adolesc Health. 2006;39(3):305-17.
Park, M. J., Paul Mulye, T., Adams, S. H., Brindis, C. D., & Irwin, C. E. (2006). The health status of young adults in the United States. The Journal of Adolescent Health : Official Publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine, 39(3), 305-17.
Park MJ, et al. The Health Status of Young Adults in the United States. J Adolesc Health. 2006;39(3):305-17. PubMed PMID: 16919791.
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TY - JOUR T1 - The health status of young adults in the United States. AU - Park,M Jane, AU - Paul Mulye,Tina, AU - Adams,Sally H, AU - Brindis,Claire D, AU - Irwin,Charles E,Jr Y1 - 2006/07/10/ PY - 2005/12/15/received PY - 2006/04/05/revised PY - 2006/04/19/accepted PY - 2006/8/22/pubmed PY - 2006/10/25/medline PY - 2006/8/22/entrez SP - 305 EP - 17 JF - The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine JO - J Adolesc Health VL - 39 IS - 3 N2 - The health issues of young adulthood have received relatively little attention compared with those of adolescence, although the critical issues in young adulthood parallel those of adolescence. Young adults often fare worse than adolescents on health indicators, with many measures of negative outcomes--including rates of injury, homicide, and substance use--peaking during the young adult years. The contextual factors shaping health status and access to care in young adulthood differ significantly from the context of adolescence. This article synthesizes national data to present a health profile of young adults, reviewing social indicators that describe the context of young adulthood and presenting measures of health status. We examine mortality, morbidity, risky behaviors, and health care access and utilization, identifying the most significant gender and racial/ethnic disparities. The article also identifies limitations of existing data and offers suggestions for future research and health monitoring in this area. We conclude with a discussion of current efforts to address the health and well-being of young adults and argue for creating a national health agenda for young adults that includes research, programs and policies to address health issues during this period of the lifespan. SN - 1879-1972 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/16919791/The_health_status_of_young_adults_in_the_United_States_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S1054-139X(06)00143-1 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -