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Children, Youth, & Families

ASPE produces a range of policy research to promote child development, early childhood care and education, child welfare, positive youth development, and child and family well-being. 

Resources for Youth and Youth Programs This page features resources to help create, maintain, and strengthen effective youth programs. Included are youth facts, funding information, and tools to help you assess community assets, generate maps of local and federal resources, search for evidence-based youth programs, and keep up-to-date on the latest youth-related news. This page provides youth-focused resources and opportunities that inspire and empower young people to make a difference in their lives and in the world around them by improving their knowledge and leadership skills. 


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Policy Brief

Screening for Domestic Violence in Health Care Settings

July 31, 2013
ABOUT THIS POLICY BRIEF This ASPE Policy Brief on screening and counseling for domestic violence in health care settings is intended for policy makers, health care practitioners, and other stakeholders.   The brief, written by Madeleine de Boinville, presents the state of practice and research

Programs to Reduce Teen Pregnancy, Sexually Transmitted Infections, and Associated Sexual Risk Behaviors: A Systematic Review

June 17, 2013
This paper presents findings from an ongoing systematic review of research on teen pregnancy and STI prevention programs to help support evidence-based approaches to teen pregnancy prevention. A total of 88 studies met the review criteria for study quality and were included in the data extraction and analysis.
Report to Congress

Report to Congress on Workplace Wellness

April 30, 2013
One provision of the Public Health Service Act (Section 2705(m)(1)), as amended by the Affordable Care Act, directs that the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), in consultation with the Secretaries of the Treasury and Labor, gather relevant information from employers who provide

Seventy-one million additional Americans are receiving preventive services coverage without cost-sharing under the Affordable Care Act

March 17, 2013
The Affordable Care Act ensures that most insurance plans (so-called ‘non-grandfathered’ plans) provide coverage for and eliminate cost-sharing on certain recommended preventive health services, beginning on or after September 23, 2010.

Improving Care for Populations Disproportionally Affected by Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias

February 28, 2013
The National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease requires the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) and the Administration for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) within the Administration for Community Living (ACL) to establish a task force to create a plan of action to address the needs of specific populations disproportionally affected by Alzheim
Literature Review

Children in Nonparental Care: A Review of the Literature and Analysis of Data Gaps

November 30, 2012
Typically, one or two parents and a child–along with any siblings–comprise a family, and the parents’ interactions with the child are a primary driver of the child’s development. Yet nearly 4 percent of U.S. children (nearly 3 million) live in homes with no parent present.
Literature Review

State of the Science and Practice in Parenting Interventions across Childhood: Literature Review and Synthesis

November 30, 2012
In 2009 the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) funded a project designed to better understand how to support parents throughout children’s development in order to ultimately promote positive long-term outcomes; in particular, positive adolescent development and reductions in risky behavior.