Researchers Analyze Major Adolescent Health Study and Find that School and Family Ties Protect Teens from Risky Behaviors

Dissemination of additional findings from the national adolescent health study

Investigators at the University of Minnesota analyzed data and disseminated findings from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (called Add Health), the largest research study ever undertaken on adolescents in the United States.

Staff at Burness Communications in Bethesda, Md., under a subcontract, provided editorial assistance, prepared media kits for each release of findings and worked with the media to promote coverage.

Key Results

  • Investigators produced 13 peer-reviewed publications in national journals (see Bibliography).
  • Investigators produced four reader-friendly monographs that distilled the research findings for policymakers, youth advocates, educators and parents (see Findings).
  • Investigators made more than 100 presentations on their findings at local, state, national and international meetings.

Key Findings

The findings below come from the monographs, which are available online.


The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) provided $649,990 in support between August 1998 and December 2004.

Between September 1996 and April 1998, RWJF had provided $199,880 to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for dissemination of the first series of findings from the Add Health study (see Program Results on ID# 029632).