Adolescent mental health: a review of preventive interventions

Tex Med. 1992 Mar;88(3):62-8.


Over the past 30 years, adolescents represent the only age group in the United States whose health status has not improved significantly. In this population, major health problems that are becoming increasingly important in regard to preventive intervention include substance abuse, depression, teenage pregnancy, and AIDS. Research in adolescent mental health during the past decade has focused on both the etiology and the prevention of problem behaviors. We review the development and application of various preventive intervention approaches in the field of adolescent mental health and discuss implications for future directions.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Health Services / organization & administration
  • Adolescent Health Services / standards*
  • Adolescent Health Services / trends
  • Health Services Research
  • Health Status
  • Humans
  • Mental Health Services / organization & administration
  • Mental Health Services / standards*
  • Mental Health Services / trends
  • Preventive Health Services / organization & administration
  • Preventive Health Services / standards*
  • Preventive Health Services / trends
  • Sex Education / standards
  • Substance-Related Disorders / epidemiology
  • Substance-Related Disorders / prevention & control
  • Suicide / statistics & numerical data
  • Suicide Prevention
  • United States / epidemiology