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.