Adolescent Medicine

  • Jessica AddisonEmail author


Adolescence marks a transitional period from childhood to adulthood and has unique implications regarding health and wellness. During this period, factors such as puberty, sexuality, self-identification, and peer relationships tend to significantly impact an individual’s journey toward adulthood.


Adolescence Routine health visit Eating disorders Substance abuse Sexually transmitted diseases 



The author gratefully acknowledges the contribution of Marwa Abdou, MD, Department of Pediatrics, Texas Tech University Health Center, El Paso, Texas, USA, to the 1st edition of this chapter, many of which have been incorporated into this edition as well.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Adolescent/Young Adult Medicine, Department of PediatricsBoston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA

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