The Relationships of Adolescent Behaviours to Adolescent Brain Changes and their Relevance to the Transition of Adolescents and Young Adults with Chronic Illness and Disability

  • Allan Colver
  • Gail Dovey-Pearce


While some clinicians seek to understand their adolescent patients and can empathise with the challenges they face, others may feel out of their comfort zone, may be upset by their interpretation of what an adolescent has said (or not said) and may even be irritated by adolescents. Understanding how different the adolescent’s brain is to their own may help child and adult clinicians relate better to adolescents and thereby promote their health.

In this chapter we look specifically at risk-taking and novelty seeking, social behaviour and sleep. We then discuss the healthcare and transition of adolescents and young adults with chronic illness and disability.


Adolescent brain Adolescent behaviour Transition Risk-taking Social behaviour Sleep 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Health and SocietyNewcastle UniversityNewcastleUK
  2. 2.Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation TrustNorth ShieldsUK

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