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


The Promise of AdolescenceRealizing Opportunity for All Youth  (BOCYF)

Adolescence—beginning with the onset of puberty and ending in the mid-20s—is a critical period of development during which key areas of the brain mature and develop. These changes in brain structure,... Read more

Preventing Bullying Through Science, Policy, and Practice  (CLAJ,BOCYF)

Bullying has long been tolerated as a rite of passage among children and adolescents. There is an implication that individuals who are bullied must have "asked for" this type of treatment, or deserved... Read more

Advancing the Power of Economic Evidence to Inform Investments in Children, Youth, and Families  (BOCYF)

In recent years, the U.S. federal government has invested approximately $463 billion annually in interventions that affect the overall health and well-being of children and youth, while state and... Read more

Speech and Language Disorders in ChildrenImplications for the Social Security Administration's Supplemental Security Income Program  (BSP,BOCYF)

Speech and language are central to the human experience; they are the vital means by which people convey and receive knowledge, thoughts, feelings, and other internal experiences. Acquisition of... Read more

Confronting Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking of Minors in the United StatesA Guide for Providers of Victim and Support Services  (BOCYF,CLAJ)

Commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking of minors in the United States are frequently overlooked, misunderstood, and unaddressed domestic problems. In the past decade, they have received... Read more

Sports-Related Concussions in YouthImproving the Science, Changing the Culture  (BOCYF)

In the past decade, few subjects at the intersection of medicine and sports have generated as much public interest as sports-related concussions - especially among youth. Despite growing awareness of... Read more


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