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Promoting adolescent well-being: Drawing from basic and applied developmental frameworks and research

APA Citation:

Cooper, E., Vandenberg, C., Sjolseth, S., Short, K., Sherman, H., Hanson, E., O’Neal, C. W., & Lucier- Greer, M. (2024). Promoting adolescent well-being: Drawing from basic and applied developmental frameworks and research. Auburn, AL: Military REACH.

Abstract Created by REACH:

To support the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy (MC&FP) in developing efforts to promote adolescent well-being, the Military REACH team was asked to develop a literature review of recent research on best practices for supporting adolescent well-being. To accomplish this objective, this report provides both background information and current trends in adolescent well-being. Applied frameworks and approaches for promoting adolescent well-being as well as empirical findings on barriers to service utilization and strategies to remediate barriers and improve service utilization are also discussed. Lastly, the literature presented is synthesized into research-based recommendations for implementing large-scale adolescent well-being initiatives. These recommendations are not intended to be prescriptive or exhaustive; rather, they are meant to provide MC&FP and other stakeholders with actionable considerations and to encourage further brainstorming of how research and theory can inform initiatives to promote adolescent well-being.


Mental health
Physical health

Branch of Service:

Multiple branches

Military Affiliation:

Active Duty

Subject Affiliation:

Active duty service member
Military families


Childhood (birth - 12 yrs)
School age (6 - 12 yrs)
Adolescence (13 - 17 yrs)


Review of Literature


Cooper, Erin, Vandenberg, Carlynn, Sjolseth, Sheila, Short, Kaylee, Sherman, Haley, Hanson, Emily, O'Neal, Catherine W., Lucier-Greer, Mallory

Publisher/Sponsoring Organization:

Military REACH at Auburn University

Publication Type:

REACH Publication


adolescent development, adolescent well-being, service utilization


Auburn University

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REACH Publication Type:

Research Report


This product was developed as a result of a partnership funded by the Department of Defense (DoD) between the DoD’s Office of Military Family and Community Policy and the U.S. Department of Agriculture/National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA/NIFA) through a grant/cooperative agreement with Auburn University. USDA/NIFA Award No. 2021-48710-35671, PI, Mallory Lucier-Greer.

REACH Newsletter:

  January 2024

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