- In this issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health, Patton et al have summarized a meeting held at the London’s Institute of Child Health in September 2009 . The meeting was organized to follow-up on their seminal article published in the Lancet which showed the high mortality rate of adolescents in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC), as well as the severe burden of disease linked with health behaviors that originate during early and middle stages of adolescence . Among the recommendations that emerged from the meeting was one where the authors called for more and better international articles on adolescent health to be published in high-quality scientific journals, including the Journal of Adolescent Health.
- Forty years or so ago, Olweus initiated the world's first systematic research on bullying. He defines bullying as a situation in which “a person is bullied when he or she is exposed, repeatedly and over time, to negative actions on the part of one or more other persons, and he or she has difficulty defending himself or herself” . According to MEDLINE, between 1991 and 1993, only eight articles were devoted to bullying, whereas in 2008 alone, around 80 such articles were published. For many years, research and interventions on bullying were mainly restricted to Europe, especially Scandinavia.
- In this issue of the Journal, Mulye and her colleagues from the University of California, San Francisco, provide us with an overview of the health status of adolescents and young adults (ages 10-24) in the United States . This review attempts to synthesize what we know about the health and well being of adolescents/young adults and the trends since 1990 by using the most recent available national data sets. In using multiple national data sets and reporting on the 10–24-year-old age group, the authors have highlighted the strengths and limitations of the available data.