- 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.
- Adolescent and young adult male health has received little attention despite decades of high mortality and morbidity rates [1,2]. Across the lifespan, particularly during the second and third decades of life, males have worse outcomes than females in a number of areas, such as substance use, unintentional injury, and suicide . And yet, males have lower health-care utilization and higher levels of unmet needs than females [3,4]. In the United States, life expectancy for males is also consistently lower than for females .
- This supplement to the Journal of Adolescent Health is devoted to understanding the health and well-being of adolescents by taking the long view of this period of the life cycle. The articles herein analyze data collected from conception through age 15 from 4,500 individuals born in the city of Pelotas, Brazil, in 1993. The analyses provide us with not just a snapshot of adolescents' current health status, but rather an entire movie depicting the life-course trajectories and the emergence of health outcomes of this population during adolescence.