March 2003

Grant Results

SUMMARY

In July 2002, the Journal of Adolescent Health published a 79-page supplemental issue entitled Adolescent Risk and Vulnerability — Workshop Report.

The Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health at the University of Minnesota College of Medicine, (directed by this project's director, Robert Blum, M.D., Ph.D.), produced the supplement.

It was devoted to research papers developed for a National Academy of Sciences workshop on adolescent risk and vulnerability held on March 13, 2001 in Washington. The supplement was distributed to the journal's approximately 2,500 subscribers in July 2002.

Key Results
The supplement included the following articles:

  • "Adolescent Risk and Vulnerability: Overview" by Elena O. Nightingale and Baruch Fischhoff.
  • "Perceptions of Risk and Vulnerability" by Susan G. Millstein and Bonnie L. Halpern-Felsher.
  • "Vulnerability, Risk and Protection" by Robert William Blum, Clea McNeely and James Nonnemaker.
  • "Modeling the Payoffs of Interventions to Reduce Adolescent Vulnerability" by Martha R. Burt, Janine M. Zweig and John Roman.
  • "Adolescent Vulnerability: Measurement and Priority Setting" by Baruch Fischhoff and Henry Willis.

The text was also made available to members through the society's Web site. The text is available to the public at the Web site of the National Academies Press.

Funding
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) provided partial support for the production of the issue with a $26,000 grant to the Minnesota Medical Foundation.

After the Grant
As a result of the workshop and the response generated by the supplement, the Committee on Adolescent Health and Development of the Board on Children, Youth and Families at the National Research Council is considering a project that would explore reframing "adolescent vulnerabilities" as "youth competencies."

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THE PROJECT

The workshop papers, including an introductory overview, were originally published as a National Academy of Sciences report entitled Adolescent Risk and Vulnerability: Concepts and Measurement.

Reproducing the report as a journal supplement disseminated the material to researchers and practitioners is not part of the normal National Academy of Sciences outreach process. The journal is the publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine, a multidisciplinary organization, and is distributed to society members, medical libraries and other non-member subscribers. The text was also made available to members through the society's Web site. The text is available to the public at the Web site of the National Academies Press.

Other Funding

A $10,000 grant from the W.T. Grant Foundation also supported the supplement's production.

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RESULTS

The 79-page supplement, Adolescent Risk and Vulnerability — Workshop Report, included the following articles:

  • "Adolescent Risk and Vulnerability: Overview" by Elena O. Nightingale and Baruch Fischhoff.
  • "Perceptions of Risk and Vulnerability" by Susan G. Millstein and Bonnie L. Halpern-Felsher.
  • "Vulnerability, Risk and Protection" by Robert William Blum, Clea McNeely and James Nonnemaker.
  • "Modeling the Payoffs of Interventions to Reduce Adolescent Vulnerability" by Martha R. Burt, Janine M. Zweig and John Roman.
  • "Adolescent Vulnerability: Measurement and Priority Setting" by Baruch Fischhoff and Henry Willis.

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AFTER THE GRANT

As a result of the workshop and the response generated by the supplement, the Committee on Adolescent Health and Development of the Board on Children, Youth and Families at the National Research Council is considering a project that would explore reframing "adolescent vulnerabilities" as "youth competencies." The W.T. Grant Foundation is supporting development of the project.

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GRANT DETAILS & CONTACT INFORMATION

Project

Producing a Supplement to the Journal of Adolescent Health on Adolescent Risk and Vulnerability

Grantee

Minnesota Medical Foundation (Minneapolis,  MN)

  • Amount: $ 26,000
    Dates: February 2002 to July 2002
    ID#:  044236

Contact

Robert W. Blum, M.D., Ph.D.
(612) 626 2820
blumx001@maroon.tc.umn.edu

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BIBLIOGRAPHY

(Current as of date of this report; as provided by grantee organization; not verified by RWJF; items not available from RWJF.)

Articles

Society for Adolescent Medicine. "Adolescent Risk and Vulnerability — Workshop Report," a supplement to Journal of Adolescent Medicine, 3(July): Supplement s1, July 3, 2002. This is a reprint of a National Academy of Sciences report, Adolescent Risk and Vulnerability: Concepts and Measurement, Washington: National Academy Press, 2001. The text was also made available to members through the society's Web site. The text is available to the public at the Web site of the National Academies Press.

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Report prepared by: Madeleine J. McComas
Reviewed by: Michael H. Brown
Reviewed by: Molly McKaughan
Program Officer: Constance M. Pechura