Focal Point: Youth, Young Adults, and Mental Health

The Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures annually publishes the research review Focal Point, which is mailed free of charge to 18,000+ readers.

Each issue of Focal Point explores a topic related to youth and young adult mental health and the transition to adulthood. Contributing authors offer perspectives and research from a variety of fields, including social work, psychology, sociology, juvenile justice, child welfare, public health, public policy, and neuroscience.

Summer 2017 Focal Point cover

Current issue: "Justice and Recovery" , v.31

Research demonstrates that the prevalence of mental health conditions among justice system involved youth is alarmingly high, coupled with a strong likelihood of multiple traumatic exposures. Unfortunately, while the need for appropriate and timely treatment is acute, the juvenile justice system seems challenged in meeting it. The authors of this issue of Focal Point identify and propose solutions to these challenges with new research findings.

Previous Issues of Focal Point

Focal Point has been produced since 1986. Issues from 2000 to present can be found on this page. You can also view issues prior to 2000.