Special Issue "Health and Risk Behaviors in Adolescents and Youths"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Adolescents".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2023 | Viewed by 6721
Interests: social and behavioral sciences; health/risk behavior; sexual health; adolescent and youth health; gender and health behavior; LGBTQ health; health communication; behavior change theory and intervention
Adolescence, broadly defined and including youth, is a transitional period of time and a challenging stage of human development, during which a young person experiences physical, intellectual, emotional, and social maturation. Depending on the source, adolescence and youth may incorporate a span of 9 to 26 years of age. For instance, the World Health Organization (WHO) defines “adolescents” as individuals aged 10–19 years, “youths” 15–24 years, and “young people” 10–24 years. Clearly, there is an overlap between adolescents and youths without a distinct age cut-off. Yet, despite the current lack of consensus about the chronological age definition of adolescence and youth, there is no denying that adolescents and youths constitute a considerable proportion of the general population. For example, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, “adolescents” (ages 10 to 17) and “young adults” (ages 18 to 25) make up approximately 22% of the United States’ population.
More importantly, the behavioral patterns established during adolescence and youth determine not only these young people’s current health status, but also their risk of developing chronic diseases during adulthood. As evidenced in the extant literature, many behaviors that can affect health and well-being later in life start or peak during these younger years. Therefore, more research is needed to further our understanding of these young people’s behavioral health issues, be it persisting risk behaviors or emerging new problems, so as to help promote positive health behaviors and decrease preventable risk behaviors. With that in mind, this Special Issue welcomes submissions addressing any types of health/risk behaviors in this young population. Examples include, but are not limited to: alcohol, marijuana, and other drug use; driving under the influence; smoking prevention/cessation; tobacco control; e-cigarette/IQOS use; bullying; intimate partner violence; date rape; sexual risk behavior; HIV/AIDS/STI prevention; physical activity/inactivity; healthy/unhealthy diet; disordered eating behavior; body image; gambling; Internet/smartphone addiction.
In addition, this Special Issue welcomes studies employing various research methods, including cross-sectional surveys, longitudinal designs, randomized controlled trials, meta-analyses, and qualitative interviews. The behavioral health issues could pertain to health communication, health education, health promotion, health policy, disease prevention, behavior change theory, behavioral intervention, health and well-being, and quality of life. Notably, this Special Issue also welcomes studies conducted among students and young LGBTQ groups, among other young populations.
Dr. Jiun-Hau Huang
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- behavioral medicine
- social and behavioral sciences
- behavioral epidemiology
- health behavior
- risk behavior
- young adult
- health communication
- health education
- health promotion
- health policy
- disease prevention
- behavior change theory
- behavioral intervention
- health and well-being
- quality of life