NJAAP believes that all children, adolescents, and young adults deserve to be cared for in a comfortable and developmentally appropriate manner by their healthcare team.
Adolescence is the phase of life between childhood and adulthood, from ages 10 to 19. It is a unique stage of human development and an important time for laying the foundations of good health. Adolescents experience rapid physical, cognitive and psychosocial growth. Adolescence is a time of physical and emotional change for teens, and well-being is impacted by
acceptance and support from family, peers, healthcare providers, schools, and community. It is important for health care providers to
feel comfortable caring for this population, especially when it comes to sexual and reproductive health care. There are many
resources and tools available to facilitate delivery of developmentally-appropriate care in a comprehensive and confidential way.
The New Jersey Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics is addressing these issues and have the following programs and resources available to support teens through development of healthy and open communication.
Pediatric Mental Health Minute Series: Healthy Adolescent Partner Relationships
In this 9-minute video titled Healthy Adolescent Partner Relationships, Richard J. Chung, MD explains how relationships with peers, including dating and other forms of intimacy, are a common part of adolescence and have substantial impacts on social and emotional development. Healthy relationships can be an incredible resource for positive development, whereas unhealthy relationships can pose critical risks. For more information on scope in pediatric practice, teaching points, tools and resources for pediatricians and families, click the link to Watch Now.
Health care professionals who serve adolescents know that members of this age group have their own particular needs and concerns. Click here to connect to research, professional development opportunities, tools, and other resources to promote the optimum health of, their adolescent patients.
Parents are a key support for teens during this time of growth and reflection. Be aware of the stages of emotional development, and provide clear guidance at each phase. Acknowledge when to give space and independence to teens. Help guide teens to feel good about themselves. Click Here.