Achieving Better Adolescent Health Worldwide: Global Application of the Prevention Science Research Base
Health risks can be difficult barriers to thriving for young people to navigate. In this brief, Catalano and colleagues provide a broad overview of prevention science and summarize research on risk and protective factors that reduce adolescent health problems in high‐, low‐, and middle‐income countries. They offer illustrative examples of particular interventions that, if widely implemented, have the potential to dramatically improve global adolescent health; interventions that improve the cognitive, social, and emotional skills of youth, recognize the positive attributes of individuals, families, and communities, and the promotion of new opportunities.
The authors suggest that carefully designed and tested prevention policies and programs can improve adolescent health. By employing a combination of effective policies and programs addressing local needs and engaging schools, families, and communities, the risk of global adolescent and later adult illness and death could be dramatically reduced. Yet, challenges remain and must be overcome to do so.
The 5 Promises
The 5 Promises represent conditions children need to achieve adult success. The collective work of the Alliance involves keeping these promises to America’s youth. This article relates to the promises highlighted below: