Talking with Adolescents and Their Families about Emotional and Behavioral Concerns

Rheanna Platt, Kate Fothergill, Lawrence S Wissow

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Up to one quarter of US adolescents are thought to have mental health problems, a proportion that seems to be increasing. Only a minority of these adolescents reportedly receive treatment, but of those who do, for many it is in the context of primary care. This article addresses 4 challenges commonly encountered by primary care providers who treat adolescents: (1) working with/responding to adolescents' potentially limited or biased knowledge of mental health problems and their treatment; (2) balancing adolescents' desire for confidentiality with families' interests in being involved in the adolescents' care; (3) managing encounters with families and adolescents together, especially when the adolescent is a reluctant participant; and (4) working with families who are discouraged or feel hopeless.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)41-53
Number of pages13
JournalAdolescent Medicine: State of the Art Reviews
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2008


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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