Q&A and General Discussion

  • What do we know about vulnerability?

  • What factors predispose adolescents to risk?

  • What vulnerabilities do adolescents with special needs face?

  • What buffers exist to reduce risk?

  • What do recent studies tell us about trends that are associated with poor outcomes?

  • What role(s) does the environment play in vulnerability?

  • What opportunities exist for promoting adolescent well-being?

  • What are the consequences of failure to support adolescent well-being?

  • Can a new conceptual model help us to understand and moderate adolescent vulnerability?

10:15 a.m.–10:30 a.m.


10:30 a.m.–11:45 a.m.

Modeling the Payoffs of Interventions to Reduce Adolescent Vulnerability

Martha R. Burt, Program Director and Principal Research Associate, Urban Institute (co-authors: Janine M. Zweig and John Roman)


*Susan P. Curnan, Associate Professor and Chair, MM/MBA

Program in Child, Youth, and Family Studies and Director, Center for Youth and Communities, Heller Graduate School, Brandeis University

Peter Edelman, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center

Q&A and General Discussion

  • How can social cost be defined?

  • What models help us understand lifelong costs and benefits of risky behaviors in adolescence?


Note: Ms. Curnan responded in writing as she was prevented from traveling by weather.

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