Changing Adolescence

Our Changing Adolescence Programme (originally called the Adolescent Mental Health Initiative) was established in 2005 in response to research findings that showed a significant increase in young people’s emotional and behavioural problems between 1975 and 1999. 

The programme aimed to examine the reasons for this increase and to shed light on how the lives of young people have changed over the last 30 years.

The programme consisted of a series of commissioned research reviews to look at trends in various aspects of teenage life over time, as well as seminars and workshops to bring together researchers, policy makers and practitioners in strategic discussions.

The programme's final volume, Changing Adolescence: Social trends and mental health, which brings together the different research strands, is available to buy from Policy Press. We have also published a briefing paper, which introduces the main findings.