Adolescent Health Issues

Disordered eating
Psychosocial history (HEADDSS)
Pubertal development
Sexual health
Sexually transmitted infections
Substance use and abuse

  • Recognize adolescence as a unique developmental phase of the paediatric population
  • Describe the typical and atypical timing and progression of sexual maturation
  • Conduct a structured adolescent psychosocial history
  • Describe factors that positively and negatively impact adolescent health
  • Describe risk factors for and the impact of high-risk behaviours on adolescent health
  • Describe the physiologic consequences of disordered eating

Overview & Foundational Knowledge

Goldenring, JM & Rosen, DS. Getting into adolescent heads: An essential update. Contemporary Pediatrics 2004.

http://www2.aap.org/pubserv/PSVpreview/pages/Files/HEADSS.pdf

Article in Contemporary Pediatrics, available through the AAP. Lengthy but excellent article. Provides great examples of questions for the adolescent HEADSS history (included in a table within the article).

Goldstein MA, Dechant EJ & Beresin EV.  Eating disorders.  Pediatrics in Review 2011; 32(12): 508- 520.

A review article about important history and physical findings in eating disorders as well as the complications and management of anorexia bulimia.

Clinical Resources

Grieg Health Record

http://www.cps.ca/tools-outils/greig-health-record

Grieg Health Record for ages 6 to 17 years; covers mental health, adolescence, social and home context. *This is recommended as a MUST READ resource*

Clinical Presentations