- With this issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health, we bring you a supplement focused exclusively on building the evidence base for Screening, Brief Interventions and Referral for Treatment (SBIRT) for adolescents. The supplement opens with an editorial by Dr. Scott Hadland, the Guest Editor, providing a framework by highlighting that substance use disorders (SUDs) usually begin during adolescence and are the leading causes of premature mortality and health problems throughout the world . Given that the U.S.
- With this issue of the Journal, we bring readers our second supplement on child marriage. As was so clearly stated in our December 2021 supplement, “The Diversity and Complexity of Child Marriage,” child marriage is a global problem with a prevalence that is highly variable by region and country [1,2]. The supplement opens with an editorial from Das, Guedes, Molestane, and Svanemyr—the supplement’s guest editors—which brings additional clarity to our dialogue by defining the issue as Child, Early, and Forced Marriage and Unions (CEFMU) .
- With this issue comes a first for the Journal of Adolescent Health: a comprehensive review of child marriage throughout the world. The supplement begins with an editorial from the supplement's guest editors Muthengi, Olum, and Chandra-Mouli highlighting the magnitude of this public health and social challenge—globally, approximately 12 million girls are married before the age of 18 each year . The editorial also clarifies that all of our data on child marriage are from pre-COVID-19 pandemic estimates where there was optimism about declining rates of child marriage globally.