(July 2014) In 2012, the Lancet published a special issue on adolescent health to address some of these gaps and to call for greater attention and commitment to adolescent health. Together, the articles in this issue offer a cohesive approach to understanding and improving adolescent health within the larger context of global health.

To help expand the reach of this series, the Population Reference Bureau has developed three fact sheets outlining the key messages and information from selected articles.

Fact Sheet 3, Prevention Science in Adolescent Health, explains prevention science and how it applies to adolescent health. Adolescence has been a major focus of prevention science research and practice for over four decades. This fact sheet, based on a comprehensive analysis by Richard Catalano and colleagues, highlights some of the most promising preventive interventions to improve and protect adolescent health. Barriers to the application and expansion of prevention science in adolescent health are also described.

Jessica Kali, a policy analyst in International Programs at PRB, prepared this fact sheet.