Parental warmth supports adolescents’ recovery from daily stressors

Daily stressors impact the mood, physical health and cortisol patterns of adolescents. A Work, Family & Health Network intervention study published in Health Psychology finds that youth who experienced parental warmth were better able to recover from the symptoms of daily stressors. Photo: Moodboard on Flickr

What is role of school context in rapid rise of adolescent e-cigarette use?

Harvard Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society program alum Adam Lippert, PhD, and former Harvard Bell Fellow Daniel Corsi, PhD, have authored a study published in the journal Health & Place that examines the influence that particular school environments may have on e-cigarette use among adolescence. Photo: Mike Mozart, Flickr

Unmet healthcare needs in adolescence is a predictor of poor adult health

A recent Pediatrics study co-authored by Pop Center Faculty Members Mark Schuster and Tracy Richmond showed that the odds of adverse adult health outcomes were higher among subjects who had reported unmet health care need in adolescence, compared with subjects with similar adolescent health outcomes, insurance coverage, and sociodemographic background but no unmet need. Importantly, the … Continue reading “Unmet healthcare needs in adolescence is a predictor of poor adult health”

Does childhood abuse affect blood pressure as early as adolescence?

Harvard Pop Center RWJF Health & Society Scholars program alumnae Margaret Sheridan, PhD, and Kate McLaughlin, PhD, are co-authors on a study in the Journal of Pediatric Psychology that finds that adolescents who had a history of child abuse had higher diastolic blood pressure (DBP), suggesting a potential pathway by which child abuse leads to … Continue reading “Does childhood abuse affect blood pressure as early as adolescence?”

Dropping out of school puts South African youth at increased risk for teen pregnancy

Harvard Pop Center Bell Fellow Molly Rosenberg, PhD, is lead author on a study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology that examines whether teen pregnancy is associated with school enrollment in South Africa. Pop Center faculty members Kathleen Kahn, PhD, and Stephen Tollman, PhD, are also authors on the paper.

Obese Kids Likely to Become Obese Teens, Study Shows

Mark Schuster, MD, PhD, a Harvard Pop Center affiliated faculty member, is lead author on a study in Pediatrics that shows that over 80% of kids obese at age 11 are obese at age 16.  The study, online now and in the upcoming December print issue, is featured in U.S. News and World Report and … Continue reading “Obese Kids Likely to Become Obese Teens, Study Shows”

Are Adolescent Smokers Using E-Cigarettes to Help Them Quit?

One of our RWJF Health & Society Scholars, Adam Lippert, PhD, has recently published a paper on which adolescent subgroups are using e-cigarettes and whether they are using them to help them quit smoking. The study has been published in the American Journal of Health Promotion.

Rumination Mediates the Relationship between Peer Alienation and Eating Pathology in Young Adolescent Girls

A tendency to dwell on negative events increases the risk of eating problems in young adolescent girls confirms study by Christina A. Roberto, Pop Center Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society scholar.