THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES OF SCIENCES, ENGINEERING, AND MEDICINE
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
Board on Children, Youth, and Families
Committee on Fostering Healthy Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Development
Among Children and Youth
Fostering Healthy Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Development in
Children and Youth: A National Agenda
Over the last decade, a growing body of research has significantly strengthened understanding of healthy mental, emotional, and behavioral (MEB) development in children and youth and the factors that influence it, as well as how it can be fostered. Yet, the United States has not taken full advantage of this growing knowledge base. Ten years later, the nation still is not effectively mitigating risks for poor MEB health outcomes; these risks remain prevalent, and available data show no significant reductions in their prevalence.
This new report, from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, examines the gap between current research and achievable national goals for the next ten years. This report identifies the complexities of childhood influences and highlights the need for a tailored approach when implementing new policies and practices. This report provides a framework for a cohesive, multidisciplinary national approach to improving MEB health.