Adolescents, Young Adults and Their Parents

  • Helena Fonseca
  • Filipa Oliveira Ramos
Part of the In Clinical Practice book series (ICP)


A key aspect of adolescence and young adulthood is the evolving nature of the role of the parent/caregiver. Rheumatic musculoskeletal disease (RMD) affecting a young person will impact this role and the parent-young person relationship. Understanding the balance between capabilities and demands and which resources and coping behaviors are present in the family, can help health professionals facilitate a successful adaptation. This chapter will provide insight into techniques that facilitate engaging effectively with Adolescents and Young Adults (AYA) living with RMD and their families and discuss key elements in the assessment of the AYA-parents dynamics in the context of RMD.


AYA Parenting Family functioning Family dynamics Confidentiality Communication 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Helena Fonseca
    • 1
    • 2
  • Filipa Oliveira Ramos
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Unidade de Medicina do Adolescente, Departamento de Pediatria, HSM-CHLNLisbonPortugal
  2. 2.Unidade de Investigação em Reumatologia, Instituto de Medicina Molecular, Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade de Lisboa, Centro Académico de Medicina de LisboaLisbonPortugal
  3. 3.Unidade de Reumatologia Pediátrica, Serviço de Reumatologia, HSM-CHLNLisbonPortugal

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