Unique Needs of the Adolescent
Alderman EM, Breuner CC; COMMITTEE ON ADOLESCENCE. Pediatrics. 2019 Nov 18. pii: e20193150. doi: 10.1542/peds.2019-3150. [Epub ahead of print]
The American Academy of Pediatrics has released a policy statement outlining “the special health challenges that adolescents face on their journey and transition to adulthood and provides recommendations for those who care for adolescents, their families, and the communities in which they live.” The document covers health risks in adolescence, unique biological and psychosocial changes occurring during adolescence, and the adolescent medical home. The document ends with 18 recommendations. There is also an appendix with a list of online resources (e.g., mental health resources, substance use resources).