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ABC of Adolescence

ABC of Adolescence

Russell Viner (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-405-17130-4

Jan 2013, BMJ Books

56 pages

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Adolescents undergo rapid physical, psychological and social developmental changes that result in management challenges, communication issues, patterns of disease and symptom presentations that are different from children or adults. This can be challenging for health professionals, who rarely have had specific training in dealing with the young people they meet in their clinical work.

This ABC covers topics surrounding adolescent development, sexual behaviour and substance misuse, along with education and preventative strategies. It also features other adolescent health problems such as self-harm, eating disorders and psychosomatic presentations.

This book is a valuable resource for all those who deal with adolescent patients in primary care, emergency departments, and hospital and outpatient settings.

Contributors iv

Preface v

1 Adolescent development 1
Deborah Christie, Russell Viner

2 Consent, competence, and confidentiality 5
Vic Larcher

3 Epidemiology of health and illness 9
Russell Viner, Robert Booy

4 Adolescents in primary care 13
Ann McPherson

5 Chronic illness and disability 16
Michele Yeo, Susan Sawyer

6 Health promotion 19
Russell Viner, Aidan Macfarlane

7 Sexual health, contraception, and teenage pregnancy 22
John Tripp, Russell Viner

8 Substance misuse: alcohol, tobacco, inhalants, and other drugs 26
Yvonne Bonomo, Jenny Proimos

9 Common mental health problems 30
Pierre-André Michaud, Eric Fombonne

10 Suicide and deliberate self harm in young people 34
Keith Hawton, Anthony James

11 Eating disorders and weight problems 38
Dasha Nicholls, Russell Viner

12 Fatigue and somatic symptoms 42
Russell Viner, Deborah Christie

Index 47

The famous ABC series, as serialised in the BMJ

  • Brand new text outlining the key issues with adolescence.
  • Begins with developmental aspects of adolescence in both psychological and social terms
  • Epidemiology of morbidity and mortality of young people in the UK and internationally are discussed
  • Issues surrounding sexual behaviour and alcohol and drug misuse are explored along with education and preventive strategies
  • Other adolescent health problems are covered including self-harm, eating disorders and psychosomatic presentations