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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
Children, Youth, and Families

Children, adolescents, and families are populations with unique needs. Our work seeks to synthesize research on factors that affect the health and development of children – and the well-being of their families -- from pregnancy through adolescence, and to bring that evidence to bear on the development of policies and programs in health care, social services, and other areas.  See also:

Current Projects
Child Maltreatment Research, Policy, and Practice for the Next Decade
This study will provide recommendations for allocating existing research funds and also suggest funding mechanisms and topic areas to which new resources could be allocated or enhanced resources could be redirected.
Workshop on Improving the Health, Safety, and Well-Being of Young Adults
The workshop brought together researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and young adults to explore how young adults are faring in systems and organizations such as health care and mental health care, educational institutions, workplaces, the military, the justice system, and in the transition out of foster care.
Sports-Related Concussion in Youth
The study will review the available literature on concussions, in the context of developmental neurobiology, in terms of their causes, relationships to hits to the head or body during sports, and the effectiveness of protective devices and equipment.
Related Reports
Sexual Exploitation cover Confronting Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking of Minors in the United States (BOCYF, CLAJ, IOM)

This report is a comprehensive examination and synthesis of current research on commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking of minors in the United States.....Read more

Design of the National Children's Study: A Workshop Summary  (CNSTAT,BOCYF)

The Children's Health Act mandated the National Children's Study (NCS) in 2000 with one of its purposes being to authorize the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) to study... Read more

An Update on Research Issues in the Assessment of Birth Settings: Workshop Summary  (BOCYF)

More than 30 years ago, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and the National Research Council (NRC) convened a committee to determine methodologies and research needed to evaluate childbirth settings in... Read more

Nutrition Education in the K-12 Curriculum: The Role of National Standards: Workshop Summary  (FNB,BOCYF)

The childhood obesity epidemic and related health consequences are urgent public health problems. Approximately one-third of America's young people are overweight or obese. Health problems once seen... Read more

Evaluation of PEPFAR  (BGH,BOCYF)

The U.S. government supports programs to combat global HIV/AIDS through an initiative that is known as the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). This initiative was originally... Read more

Reforming Juvenile Justice: A Developmental Approach  (CLAJ)

Adolescence is a distinct, yet transient, period of development between childhood and adulthood characterized by increased experimentation and risk-taking, a tendency to discount long-term... Read more

Databases for Estimating Health Insurance Coverage for Children: A Workshop Summary  (CNSTAT)

This report summarizes the proceedings of a workshop convened in June 2010 to critically examine the various databases that could provide national and state-level estimates of low-income uninsured... Read more

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