- 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) .
- The Journal of Adolescent Health is fortunate to be publishing its second supplement on the Global Early Adolescent Study (GEAS) with the findings from the second phase of this study. The GEAS focuses on developmental issues among adolescents aged 10–14 years in 15 high-, middle-, and low-income countries throughout the world. The first GEAS supplement, published in 2017, provided important insights into how gender norms, enforced and reenforced during adolescence, pave the way for inequities that impose long-term effects on young people's health and well-being .
- COVID-19 has created unprecedented consequences for adolescents and young adults in the contemporary world. Schools are suspended, cities are locked down, loved ones (such as grandpa and grandma) pass away, and there is not much certainty surrounding the pandemic, particularly regarding when it will be over. Obviously, there is a need to understand the health of adolescents and young adults under the shadow of COVID-19 as well as the factors affecting their well-being. Definitely, the articles based on Chinese adolescents enrich our understanding of the impact of COVID-19 on the health of young people [1–3].
- Despite a decline of 72% since 1991, the U.S. continues to have significantly higher rate of teen pregnancy compared with other developed countries [1,2]. Prior studies have shown that factors such as age, race, geography, and socioeconomic factors contribute to significant variability in teen birth rates across the U.S. In 2018, birth rates for black and Hispanic teens were more than twice as high as births to white teens . Geographically, teen birth rates varied from a high in Arkansas of 30.4 to a low in Massachusetts of 7.2 .
- In this issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health, we are fortunate to publish the first three review articles originating from the Adolescent and Young Adult Health Research Network, a collaborative transdisciplinary research network recently established by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB).
- The crossroads between adolescent health and oncology have traditionally resulted in the road less traveled or even worse, the road not traveled. In recent years, a revolution of sorts has begun to enlighten the medical community on the unique circumstances and care needs of adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer patients. This includes both AYA-aged patients newly diagnosed with cancer and survivors of childhood cancer who have lived well into their AYA years. The former has been spearheaded by the work of Dr.
- Effective treatment of adolescents with anorexia nervosa (AN) always starts with nutritional rehabilitation and weight restoration. Whereas weight restoration can be pursued for most adolescents in an outpatient setting, hospitalization is used to support medical monitoring and nutritional rehabilitation for those who are medically unstable owing to malnutrition or weight loss . Several nutritional treatment guidelines have been published, of which only two focused on children and adolescents; both were published 10 years ago [1,2].