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Adolescent health

Robert C. Tasker, Robert J. McClure and Carlo L. Acerini

in Oxford Handbook of Paediatrics

Second edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780199608300
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191742712 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199608300.003.0021

Series: Oxford Medical Handbooks

Adolescent health

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Communication 794

Adolescence: overview 796

Adolescent health problems 798

Substance misuse 800

Sexual health problems 801

Adolescence and chronic illness 802

See also pp.575–576, 1034, 1038. The primary goal of any consultation with an adolescent, regardless of the presenting complaint, is to establish a relationship of trust. This calls for effective and efficient communication. However, achieving this is often difficult and challenging, particularly when faced with a personality who is undergoing rapid psychological and social change, and who does not have an adult’s perspective of health issues and society. Young people may be seen by themselves, as well as with their parents. Parents should not be excluded, but it is important to emphasize that the adolescent is the centre of the consultation. Communication of information should be in a manner appropriate for development....

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Subjects: Paediatrics

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