Adolescent health in Russia: A view from Moscow and St. Petersburg

Robert Wm Blum, Lynne Blum, Sheridan Phillips, Patrick Smith, Gail Slap

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Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this study was to report on the current state of adolescent health in Russia. Methods: By means of site visits, literature review, discussions with Russian colleagues, and a scientific meeting in Moscow, data were collected on health status of youth, the organization of health services, and professional training. Results: Youth over the age of 14 are served in the adult health care system. Youth clinics are just now emerging. Substance abuse is a major issue; AIDS is rare. Rates of sexual intercourse parallel many western European countries; however, contraception is expensive by Russian standards and often not used. Those with behavioral, physical, and intellectual impairments tend to be educated in special settings and managed by psychiatrists. Conclusion: The Russian health care system is undergoing radical transformation. The traditional Soviet system, with its heavy reliance on medical interventions and prolonged inpatient hospitalizations, is threatened by a lack of resources. Privatization of health care poses additional threats, as do the social transformations that are occurring. These changes create a very uncertain future for the health and well-being of youth in Russia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)308-314
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Adolescent Health
Volume19
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1996
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Adolescent health
  • Russia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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