Unique needs of the adolescent

Elizabeth M. Alderman, Cora C. Breuner

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Adolescence is the transitional bridge between childhood and adulthood; it encompasses developmental milestones that are unique to this age group. Healthy cognitive, physical, sexual, and psychosocial development is both a right and a responsibility that must be guaranteed for all adolescents to successfully enter adulthood. There is consensus among national and international organizations that the unique needs of adolescents must be addressed and promoted to ensure the health of all adolescents. This policy statement outlines the special health challenges that adolescents face on their journey and transition to adulthood and provides recommendations for those who care for adolescents, their families, and the communities in which they live.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere20193150
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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