Although there are multiple barriers that impede the successful training of entry-level professionals in adolescent health related issues, the need for such training is great. It is evident that, currently, few feel equipped to manage many of the major morbidities of the adolescent population. In turn, many adolescents with significant concerns shun the health care system, even though they would like someone with whom to discuss their problems. What emerges clearly is that professional school training is not producing graduates able to meet the health care needs of youth. Additionally, it is evident that if such training is not provided, or at least legitimized in professional schools, then it is unlikely that clinicians will seek such training later while in practice. What is needed is a training program that provides a mix of knowledge acquisition, skill building, and attitude assessment and evaluation. Also needed is an understanding of normal physiologic and mental processes so as to both depathologize the behaviors and actions of youth and enable interventions when appropriate.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health