Serving the Underserved: The Health and Well-Being of Adolescent and Young Adult Males

Journal of Adolescent Health
March 2018 Volume 62, Issue 3, Supplement, S1-S86
Adolescent and Young Adult Male Health
Edited by Paritosh Kaul

Serving the Underserved: The Health and Well-Being of Adolescent and Young Adult Males
Paritosh Kaul, Charles E. Irwin Jr
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Adolescent and young adult male health has received little attention despite decades of high mortality and morbidity rates [[1], [2]]. Across the lifespan, particularly during the second and third decades of life, males have worse outcomes than females in a number of areas, such as substance use, unintentional injury, and suicide [1. And yet, males have lower health-care utilization and higher levels of unmet needs than females [[3], [4]]. In the United States, life expectancy for males is also consistently lower than for females [5. The adolescent and young adult (AYA) male is underserved in health-care delivery systems, public health and policy, and research arena. In 2012, Saewyc lamented that sexual and reproductive health research aimed at impacting policy and clinical practice did not include boys and young men [6. In 2017, after a gap of 5 years, Fortenberry also noted the lack of progress in addressing AYA male sexual health services [7. In the recent Global Adolescent Study, Blum et al. highlighted many of the gender differences that are accentuated during the onset and completion of puberty, and how these changes place adolescent boys at risk for a number of negative health outcomes [8. In publishing this supplement of the Journal of Adolescent Health, our endeavor is to further increase attention on AYA males, and, in so doing, inspire some possible solutions to clinicians, policy makers, and investigators concerned with improving the health and well-being of AYA males…