Health counseling of adolescents.

A. Joffe, S. M. Radius

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Abstract

Health counseling is a fundamental aspect of health care for adolescents and is a natural extension of the concept of anticipatory guidance. It is a dynamic process involving active participation by adolescents. Pediatricians are a valued source of health-relevant information, but must also recognize how their attitudes and beliefs can affect the counseling process. Knowledge of the multitude of changes occurring during adolescence and an understanding of the role of health-risking behaviors in meeting various developmental needs are critical to successful counseling. Particular attention must be focused on ways to help adolescents develop the skills necessary to maintain health-promoting lifestyles and to resist peer pressure to engage in health-risking behaviors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)344-351
Number of pages8
JournalPediatrics in review
Volume12
Issue number11
StatePublished - May 1 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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