Population Status of Adolescents in China in 2015
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Adolescence, which takes places during the ages of 10 to 19 years, marks the beginning of many transitions – from childhood to adulthood, from school to the workplace and into society. Adolescents experience monumental changes in every aspect of their lives – physically, cognitively, emotionally and socially. Understanding the population status of adolescents can assist governments, communities and families to better respond to the specific characteristics and needs of adolescents by providing appropriate policies, services and support to enable them to reach their full potential and prepare for the future. Censuses and surveys are rich sources of basic data and information on adolescents, reflecting the demographic development and the key characteristics of the different sub-groups. Analysis of the available data can support enhanced understanding of the challenges faced by adolescents and help inform more evidence-based decision making to address these challenges towards the fulfilment of their rights. This publication describes and analyzes the status of China’s adolescent population, based on data from the 2015 1% National Population Sample Survey and previous censuses and inter-census surveys conducted by the National Bureau of Statistics of China.