The unique developmental considerations of youth-related work injuries

May Sudhinaraset, Robert William Blum

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Adolescents and young adults experience higher risks of occupational injuries and fatalities compared to adult workers. Consequently, understanding the risk and protective factors for young workers through a developmental lens is all the more compelling. This study describes the developmental processes of adolescence using a bioecological framework. It describes how factors such as neuromaturation, pubertal development, physical growth, and social contexts may place youth at greater risk of injury and other negative outcomes in the work environment. While the emphasis of the paper is on the developmental processes specific to adolescence, this is discussed in the larger contexts of macro forces such as policies, schools, and families. Implications of developmental factors on work-based practices and policies are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)216-222
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2010


  • Adolescent
  • Developmental science
  • Epidemiology
  • Occupational health
  • Policy
  • Public health
  • Young adult

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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