Adolescent health

N. S. Musacchio*, M. Forcier

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Until recently, communicable diseases were the major causes of adolescent mortality and morbidity. Due to advances in health care and changes in the global economic and political milieu, social and behavioral problems are now the sources of most adolescent illness. Many risk-taking behaviors developed during adolescence are continued into later life, impacting adult morbidity and mortality. Nearly 2 million adolescents die annually from mostly preventable and treatable causes including accidental injuries, suicide, and homicide, making them a critical population for public health intervention. The most effective interventions are holistic in scope, focus on prevention, and span the multiple sectors affecting adolescents' lives. © 2008

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of Public Health
PublisherElsevier Inc
Pages33-48
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9780123739605
DOIs
StatePublished - 2008

Keywords

  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Contraception
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Marriage
  • Mental health
  • Pregnancy
  • Sexual activity
  • Sexually transmitted infection (STI)
  • Substance use
  • Tobacco
  • Unintentional injury

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry(all)
  • Medicine(all)

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