Preventive health counseling for adolescents

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Abstract

The leading causes of adolescent mortality are accidents (death from unintentional injury), homicide, and suicide. Additional morbidity is related to drug, tobacco, and alcohol use; risky sexual behaviors; poor nutrition; and inadequate physical activity. One third of adolescents engage in at least one of these high-risk behaviors. Physicians should specifically target these risk factors with preventive counseling, although adolescents may be reluctant to initiate discussions about risky behaviors because of confidentiality concerns. The key to providing relevant and useful preventive counseling for adolescent patients is developing the trust necessary to discuss the specific issues that impact this age group.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1151-1156
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican family physician
Volume74
Issue number7
StatePublished - Oct 1 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Family Practice

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