Issues of Adolescent Medicine

  • Promise Ahlstrom
  • S. Kenneth Schonberg
Part of the Critical Issues in American Psychiatry and the Law book series (CIAP, volume 4)


Adolescence, from the Latin “adolescer”—to grow up, is defined as the period of life between the onset of puberty and maturity, the state or process of growing up from childhood to adulthood. This process is best understood as a combination of complementary and interlocking developmental phenomena. Although the complexity of these events defies easy categorization, simplicifation is required for the sake of understanding this journey from childhood to adult status. For the purpose of this discussion the processes of adolescence will be divided into five categories of development: physiologic, psychologic, psychosexual, cognitive, and social. Often as a result of accomplishing these tasks, and at times because of a failure adequately to negotiate these tasks, the adolescent becomes subject to health risks that are particular to the age and of import to all who address the needs of youth.


Human Immunodeficiency Virus Sexual Activity Suicidal Ideation Sexual Intercourse Smokeless Tobacco 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Promise Ahlstrom
    • 1
  • S. Kenneth Schonberg
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Adolescent Medicine, Montefiore Medical CenterAlbert Einstein College of MedicineBronxUSA

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