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J Spec Pediatr Nurs. 2012 Apr;17(2):79-97. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6155.2011.00311.x. Epub 2011 Nov 1.

Health behaviors and mental health of students attending alternative high schools: a review of the research literature.

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  • 1Center for Adolescent Nursing, School of Nursing, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. joh04404@umn.edu



The purpose of this review is to describe current knowledge about health-risk behaviors and mental health among alternative high school students.


Substance use, diet and/or physical activity, sexual-risk behaviors, mental health, and violence were reviewed. Students were described as marginalized youth facing significant social environmental challenges. Findings from 43 studies published from 1997-2010 suggested a high prevalence of health-risk behaviors among alternative high school students. Very few studies were conducted by nurse researchers. Suggestions for future research include addressing social environmental factors, resiliency, and emotional/mental health outcomes.


Alternative high schools offer a venue to conduct research and implement nursing interventions with high-risk, yet resilient, youth.

© 2011, Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

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