In book 1 of this 3-part series, we are pleased to present an extensive collection of adolescent health articles that address the diverse needs of the adolescent and young adult population as it relates to preventative health. Through a wide variety of research, we have come to a greater, more informed understanding of the vast needs of this dynamic phase of human life. Here we present the most salient of recent publications that aim to describe and address the current issues that affect the health and well-being of children in this important step of their development. Available for purchase at https://shop.aap.org/pediatric-collections-adolescent-health-care-part-1-promoting-wellness-paperback/
Unique Needs of the Adolescent
Elizabeth M. Alderman, MD, FSAHM, FAAP, Cora C. Breuner, MD, MPH, FAAP, COMMITTEE ON ADOLESCENCE, 2023. "Unique Needs of the Adolescent", Pediatric Collections: Adolescent Health Care Part 1: Promoting Wellness, American Academy of Pediatrics
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Adolescence is the transitional bridge between childhood and adulthood; it encompasses developmental milestones that are unique to this age group. Healthy cognitive, physical, sexual, and psychosocial development is both a right and a responsibility that must be guaranteed for all adolescents to successfully enter adulthood. There is consensus among national and international organizations that the unique needs of adolescents must be addressed and promoted to ensure the health of all adolescents. This policy statement outlines 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.