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Keywords

Adolescence, Adolescent behavior, Adolescent health services

 

Authors

  1. Muscari, Mary E. PhD, CRNP, CS

Abstract

Adolescence is the time when health risks can stem from lifestyle choices. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), only a few behaviors account for most of the mortality, morbidity, and social problems in adolescents. These behaviors are: behaviors that result in unintentional or intentional injuries; drug and alcohol use; sexual behavior; diet; tobacco use; and physical inactivity. This article provides nurses with baseline prevention strategies to use with adolescents, parents, and communities, as well as suggestions for minimizing the incidences of preventible health problems.