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A integralidade numa rede de proteção social ao adolescente, um olhar fenomenológico; The integrality of the Adolescent and Child Social Protection: phenomenology knowledge

Vieira, Sandro da Rocha
Fonte: Biblioteca Digitais de Teses e Dissertações da USP Publicador: Biblioteca Digitais de Teses e Dissertações da USP
Tipo: Dissertação de Mestrado Formato: application/pdf
Publicado em 28/03/2008 PT
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A investigação procurou compreender a noção de integralidade na Rede de Proteção Social à Criança e ao Adolescente, na Cidade de Suzano/SP, acerca da qual deriva parte importante da prática de agentes sociais e de saúde. Para tanto procedeu-se a uma exploração empírica dos elementos discursivos desses atores. As experiências colhidas em campo permitiram a compreensão e reflexão da noção de integralidade no campo de conhecimento da Saúde Pública. Os objetivos da pesquisa tiveram por prioridade: caracterizar e problematizar o lugar da integralidade no interior dessa rede de proteção; descrevendo as experiências e refletindo sobre a atenção integral na articulação de ações no interior da rede de serviços. A fenomenologia foi escolhida como referencial metodológico compondo-se por dois momentos articulados entre si: observação participante e entrevistas semi-estruturadas. Os sujeitos de pesquisa foram os membros do Conselho Municipal de Defesa dos Direitos da Criança e do Adolescente na qualidade de articuladores da política municipal de atenção ao adolescente. A pesquisa foi capaz de compreender a noção de integralidade como idéia/referência, conceito que emergiu no discurso dos agentes sociais pesquisados...

Necessidades de adolescentes atendidos em Unidades Básicas de Saúde do Município de São José do Rio Preto e as suas demandas para o cuidado em saúde: encontros e desencontros; Adolescent needs in Primary Health Care Services in the city of São José do Rio Preto and their requirements concerning the care about health: agreements and disagreements

Salomão, Maria Lúcia Machado
Fonte: Biblioteca Digitais de Teses e Dissertações da USP Publicador: Biblioteca Digitais de Teses e Dissertações da USP
Tipo: Tese de Doutorado Formato: application/pdf
Publicado em 24/09/2007 PT
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A adolescência é considerada um dos estágios do desenvolvimento humano, apresentando características específicas a partir dos quais se derivam necessidades de saúde. As teorias sobre esta fase da vida nos diversos campos do conhecimento como Antropologia, Sociologia, Psicologia, Medicina e outros, contribuíram na compreensão destas necessidades. Diante da amplitude e complexidade que reveste a adolescência na sociedade atual, o estudo possibilitou a aproximação a alguns aspectos relevantes para a saúde dos adolescentes. A organização dos serviços de saúde influiu tanto na percepção dessas necessidades, como no atendimento desses carecimentos. O objetivo do estudo foi compreender necessidades de saúde dos adolescentes atendidos em Unidades Básicas de Saúde tal como expressas nas demandas traduzidas pelos adolescentes, familiares dos adolescentes e profissionais que atendem os adolescentes no município de São José do Rio Preto. A metodologia adotada foi de natureza qualitativa, com a utilização da técnica de Grupo Focal. O instrumento do estudo foi um roteiro com temas indutores (saúde, necessidades de saúde, ajuda recebida nestas necessidades, facilidades ou dificuldades nessa ajuda e expectativas em relação à ajuda). Foram realizados reuniões com nove grupos (três de cada categoria - adolescentes...

Patterns of sedentary behavior and compliance with public health recommendations in Spanish adolescents: the AFINOS study

Martínez Gómez,David; Veiga,Oscar L.; Zapatera,Belén; Cabanas-Sánchez,Verónica; Gomez-Martinez,Sonia; Martinez-Hernández,David; Marcos,Ascensión
Fonte: Escola Nacional de Saúde Pública Sergio Arouca, Fundação Oswaldo Cruz Publicador: Escola Nacional de Saúde Pública Sergio Arouca, Fundação Oswaldo Cruz
Tipo: Artigo de Revista Científica Formato: text/html
Publicado em 01/12/2012 EN
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The aims of the present study were: (i) describe patterns of sedentary behavior in Spanish adolescents; and (ii) determine the proportion of adolescents that do not meet the public health recommendations for sedentary behavior. This study comprised 1,724 Spanish adolescents (882 girls), aged 13 to 16 years. Patterns of sedentary behavior (TV viewing, use of computer games, console games and surfing the Internet) were assessed using the HELENA sedentary behavior questionnaire. The total proportion of adolescents watching TV, using computer and console games, and surfing the internet for more than two hours daily was 24%, 9%, 7%, and 17%, respectively, on weekdays, and 50%, 22%, 16%, and 35%, respectively, on weekends. Over 63% of the adolescents from the study did not meet the recommendation for sedentary behavior (< 2 hours daily screen time) on weekdays and 87% did not comply with this recommendation on weekends. Since sedentary behavior plays a key role in adolescent health, public health interventions in Spain that take these factors into consideration are needed.

Relationships between parenting styles and risk behaviors in adolescent health: an integrative literature review

Newman,Kathy; Harrison,Lynda; Dashiff,Carol; Davies,Susan
Fonte: Escola de Enfermagem de Ribeirão Preto / Universidade de São Paulo Publicador: Escola de Enfermagem de Ribeirão Preto / Universidade de São Paulo
Tipo: Artigo de Revista Científica Formato: text/html
Publicado em 01/02/2008 EN
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Research over the past 20 years suggests that the quality of the parent-adolescent relationship significantly affects the development of risk behaviors in adolescent health. The purpose of this paper is to present a review of studies published between 1996-2007 that address specific relationships between parenting styles and six priority adolescent risk behaviors. The review supports the substantial influence of parenting style on adolescent development. Adolescents raised in authoritative households consistently demonstrate higher protective and fewer risk behaviors than adolescents from non-authoritative families. There is also considerable evidence to show that parenting styles and behaviors related to warmth, communication and disciplinary practices predict important mediators, including academic achievement and psychosocial adjustment. Careful examination of parenting style patterns in diverse populations, particularly with respect to physical activity and unintentional injury, will be a critical next step in the development of efficacious, culturally tailored adolescent health promotion interventions.

The Public Health Impact of Socioeconomic Status on Adolescent Depression and Obesity

Goodman, Elizabeth; Slap, Gail B.; Huang, Bin
Fonte: © American Journal of Public Health 2003 Publicador: © American Journal of Public Health 2003
Tipo: Artigo de Revista Científica
Publicado em /11/2003 EN
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Objectives. We examined the public health impact of the socioeconomic status (SES) gradient on adolescents’ physical and mental health.

Adolescent Health in the Caribbean: A Regional Portrait

Halcón, Linda; Blum, Robert W.; Beuhring, Trish; Pate, Ernest; Campbell-Forrester, Sheila; Venema, Anneke
Fonte: © American Journal of Public Health 2003 Publicador: © American Journal of Public Health 2003
Tipo: Artigo de Revista Científica
Publicado em /11/2003 EN
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Objectives. This study assessed youth health in the Caribbean Community and Common Market countries and describes the prevalence of health-related factors.

Injury prevention and the attainment of child and adolescent health

Harvey, Alison; Towner, Elizabeth; Peden, Margie; Soori, Hamid; Bartolomeos, Kidist
Fonte: World Health Organization Publicador: World Health Organization
Tipo: Artigo de Revista Científica
Publicado em /05/2009 EN
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Urgent attention is required to tackle the problem of child and adolescent injury across the world. There have been considerable shifts in the epidemiological patterns of child deaths; while great progress has been made in preventing infectious diseases, the exposure of children and adolescents to the risks of injury appear to be increasing and will continue to do so in the future. The issue of injuries is too often absent from child and adolescent health agendas. In December 2008, WHO and the United Nations Children’s Fund published the World report on child injury prevention, calling global attention to the problem of child injuries. This article expands on the report’s arguments that child injuries must be integrated into child health initiatives and proposes initial steps for achieving this integration.

Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health in Burkina Faso

Cortez, Rafael; Bowser, Diana; Quinlan-Davidson, Meaghen; Ousmane Diadie, Haidara
Fonte: World Bank, Washington, DC Publicador: World Bank, Washington, DC
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Today s adolescents and youth face substantial physical, social, legal, and economic barriers to meeting their SRH potential. Key factors underlying these issues are a lack of adolescent SRH (ASRH) policies and access to accessible, affordable, and appropriate health services. The impact that these factors have on adolescent health and development is clearly seen in Burkina Faso. Burkinabè adolescent girls face high adolescent fertility rates, early and forced marriage, an increased risk of maternal mortality, and a high unmet need for contraception, among others. Adding to this issue is a lack of access to education, basic health information, and SRH services, contributing to a lack of awareness and knowledge about SRH and traditional and harmful gender stereotypes. The objectives of the study were to understand the impact that structural and proximal determinants have on access to ASRH services and health outcomes; and the impact that recently implemented policies and programs have on ASRH.

Emergence of socioeconomic inequalities in smoking and overweight and obesity in early adulthood: The National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health

Yang, S.; Lynch, J.; Schulenberg, J.; Diez Roux, A.; Raghunathan, T.
Fonte: Amer Public Health Assoc Inc Publicador: Amer Public Health Assoc Inc
Tipo: Artigo de Revista Científica
Publicado em //2008 EN
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OBJECTIVES: We examined whether socioeconomic inequalities in smoking and overweight and obesity emerged in early adulthood and the contribution of family background, adolescent smoking, and body mass index to socioeconomic inequalities. METHODS: Using data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health we employed multinomial regression analyses to estimate relative odds of heavy or light-to-moderate smoking to nonsmoking and of overweight or obesity to normal weight. RESULTS: For smoking, we found inequalities by young adult socioeconomic position in both genders after controlling for family background and smoking during adolescence. However, family socioeconomic position was not strongly associated with smoking in early adulthood. For overweight and obesity, we found socioeconomic inequalities only among women both by young adult and family socioeconomic position after adjusting for birthweight, other family background, and body mass index during adolescence. CONCLUSIONS: Socioeconomic inequalities in smoking emerged in early adulthood according to socioeconomic position. Among women, inequalities in overweight or obesity were already evident by family socioeconomic position and strengthened by their own socioeconomic position. The relative importance of family background and current socioeconomic circumstances varied between smoking and overweight or obesity.; Seungmi Yang...

Bangladesh : Maternal and Reproductive Health at a Glance

El-Saharty, Sameh; Ohno, Naoko; Sarker, Intissar; Secci, Federica; Alam, Bushra Binte
Fonte: World Bank, Washington, DC Publicador: World Bank, Washington, DC
Tipo: Publications & Research :: Brief; Publications & Research
ENGLISH; EN_US
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Bangladesh is among the most densely populated countries in the world. Poverty remains high at 43 percent of the population subsist on less than United States (U.S.) $1.25 per day (2010). Bangladesh achieved several millennium development goal (MDG) targets in education, health, and poverty reduction. Gender equality and women's empowerment are important determinants of reproductive health. While fertility and contraceptive prevalence rate (CPR) are evenly distributed, wide gaps in access to maternal health services remain. Bangladesh will need to focus on increasing political commitment to adolescent health; focusing interventions on high-fertility and high maternal mortality ratio (MMR) areas; addressing human resources constraints; and harnessing the use of technology.

Adolescent Health and Development (AHD) : A Resource Guide for World Bank Operations Staff and Government Counterparts

Rosen, James E.
Fonte: World Bank, Washington, DC Publicador: World Bank, Washington, DC
Tipo: Publications & Research :: Working Paper; Publications & Research
ENGLISH; EN_US
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This resource guide begins with an overview of AHD issues, laying out the case for governments to direct attention and resources to AHD. It discusses good practices to improve a range of youth health outcomes. The next section focuses on the relationship between poverty and young people's health and outlines strategies to provide health services to poor youth. The final section of the guide examines the current efforts of the World Bank to promote AHD. Technical appendixes provide further examples and concrete information for use in project design and analysis. More information will be found on the Bank's AHD website, which is currently under development. The guide supports the effort to better integrate adolescent health and development (AHD) concerns into the analytic and lending work of the World Bank. It also has been created to give Bank staff members essential information with which to engage their counterparts in policy dialogue on AHD and to advocate for greater government attention to the needs of youth. Increasing the effectiveness of Bank efforts directed at AHD will help the Bank to improve the health and well-being of youth in developing countries. The main audience for the guide is Bank operations staff members and government counterparts associated with poverty reduction strategies and human development sector projects. External Bank partners and other organizations interested in youth may also find the guide useful.

Adolescent Health; Salud de los adolescentes

World Bank
Fonte: Washington, DC Publicador: Washington, DC
Tipo: Publications & Research :: Brief; Publications & Research
ENGLISH
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More than a quarter of the world's population is between the ages of 10 and 24. Most (86 percent) of the world's 1.7 billion young people live in developing countries, where they are often 30 percent or more of the population. At first glance, youth appears to be a relatively healthy although not hazard-free period of life. Young people account for 15 percent of the disease and injury burden worldwide and over one million die each year, mainly from preventable causes. Nonetheless, roughly 70 percent of premature deaths among adults can be linked to behavior initiated during adolescence, such as tobacco use, poor eating habits, and risky sex. Investing in health and development of young people is not only the right thing to do, it's the smart thing for countries that want their economies to grow faster: 1) reducing HIV infection in young people will reduce the devastating economic impact of HIV/AIDS; 2) when young people postpone marriage and childbearing, family size falls and population growth slows. Combined with investments in health and education...

The role of self-presentation in adolescent health risk behaviours

Roth, Kelly.
Fonte: Brock University Publicador: Brock University
Tipo: Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
ENG
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Self-presentation has been identified as playing a key role in the perfonnance of various potentially hazardous health behaviours such as substance abuse, eating disorders and reckless behaviours (Leary, Tchividjian, & Kraxberger, 1994; Martin & Leary, 2001; Martin, Leary, & O'Brien, 2001). The present study investigated the role of selfpresentation on adolescent health-risk behaviours. Specifically, this study examined the prevalence of adolescent identified health-risk behaviours rooted in self-presentational motives in youths aged 13-18 years. The current study also identified the specific images associated with these behaviours desired by youth, and the targets of these behaviours. Also, the relationship between these behaviours, and several trait measures (social physique anxiety, public-self consciousness, fear of negative evaluations, selfpresentational efficacy) of self-presentation were examined. Finally, the gender differences in health risk behaviours and self-presentational concerns were examined. Participants in the present study were 96 adolescent students, 34 male and 62 female, recruited from various private schools across Southern Ontario. Students ranged in age from 13 to 18 years for both males (M age = 15.81 years...

The direct and moderating effect of bullying on adolescent health

Rahey, Leila (Leila Anne), 1971-
Fonte: Quens University Publicador: Quens University
Tipo: Tese de Doutorado Formato: 276278 bytes; application/pdf
EN; EN
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In the last two decades, research has established a negative association between involvement in bullying and emotional health difficulties. Few studies, in comparison, explore the relationship between bullying and victimization and physical health. Moreover, studies are lacking on the influence of bullying on health in adolescence. Three studies were conducted to explore the association between bullying and adolescent positive and negative health behaviours. Using an ecological model, we examined the influence of bullying and victimization on physical activity and health status, risky sexual behaviours and sexual coercion, and dating violence perpetration and victimization. Each study explored how bullying influenced the relationship between environmental factors and adolescent health. Results suggest that both bullying and victimization can have a negative influence on risky health behaviours. As well, the findings suggest that relationships with adults may protect youth involved in bullying from negative health experiences. These results support a model of co-occurring health behaviours in youth, including involvement in bullying. Hence, we propose that teen health promotion programs target overall lifestyle choices rather than solely focusing on individual health behaviours. As well...

AS BASES CONCEITUAIS DOS DOCUMENTOS OFICIAIS DE ATENÇÃO À SAUDE DO ADOLESCENTE; CONCEPTUAL BASES OF ADOLESCENT HEALTH CARE DOCUMENTS ISSUED BY NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL OFFICAL-ORGANIZATIONS

Grossman, Eloisa; de Cardoso, Maria Helena C.
Fonte: Universidade de São Paulo. Faculdade de Saúde Pública Publicador: Universidade de São Paulo. Faculdade de Saúde Pública
Tipo: info:eu-repo/semantics/article; info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion; Formato: application/pdf
Publicado em 19/12/1997 POR
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Este artigo objetiva analisar as concepções incluídas nos documentos de atenção à saúde do adolescente, veiculados por órgãos gestores nacionais e internacionais, notadamente,Ministério da Saúde, Organização Mundial da Saúde e Organização Panamericana da Saúde, a respeito das definições de adolescência, de atenção à saúde do adolescente e do perfil do médico que presta assistência a esse grupo. Estes documentos foram analisados tematicamente correlacionando os tópicos acima apontados às concepções que os embasaram. A análise demonstrou que a adolescência está definida por três critérios: o cronológico ligado às transformações somáticas, o da construção de um padrão típico de adolescente e o da hegemonia do biológico numa proposta explicitada como interdisciplinar; que a atenção à saúde do adolescenteexprime-se com base em uma concepção Luminista, teleológica e normativa de adolescência e, finalmente, que o papel do médico está postulado como o de dizimador de conflitos funcionando como uma espécie de pater-mater extraparental.; This article aims to analyze concepts embodied in adolescent health care documents issued by national and international official organizations such as Ministério da Saúde (MS)...

Intervenções e práticas multiprofi ssionais na atenção à saúde de adolescentes: uma revisão integrativa; Intervention and practices multidisciplinary in the attention to adolescent health: the integrative review

Alves, Patrícia Aline de Souza; Pinto, Ana Cláudia
Fonte: Universidade de São Paulo. Faculdade de Medicina Publicador: Universidade de São Paulo. Faculdade de Medicina
Tipo: info:eu-repo/semantics/article; info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion; ; ; ; ; ; Formato: application/pdf
Publicado em 28/04/2014 POR
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As diversas transformações nos contextos sociais, políticos e culturais que impactam no perfi l epidemiológico da população têm aumentado e produzido mudanças nos modelos de saúde, exigindo dos profi ssionais envolvidos no processo do fazer saúde modifi cações na prática assistencial. Principalmente nos aspectos que tangem a atenção ao adolescente, para que seja possível conduzi-los para fase adulta com integridade, enquanto sujeito transformador de sua realidade. Neste estudo objetivou-se, analisar experiências multiprofi ssionais na atenção integral à saúde do adolescente, bem como oferecer refl exões para proposição de outros estudos. Para tanto, utilizou-se os aportes metodológicos da revisão integrativa, buscando responder a seguinte questão de investigação: Quais estratégias de intervenção têm sido utilizadas por equipes multiprofi ssionais na atenção à saúde de adolescentes? Foram analisados dois artigos que atenderam aos critérios estabelecidos pelo estudo. Identifi cou-se uma escassez de publicações, inferindo que essa temática é emergente e recente no que se refere às práticas multiprofi ssionais, ao mesmo tempo em que estão alicerçadas nas perspectivas da educação em saúde. Entende-se que debates e exposições sobre essas ações são relevantes ao se considerar a novidade do assunto adolescência na atualidade...

Relationships between parenting styles and risk behaviors in adolescent health: an integrative literature review; Relaciones entre los tipos de padres y comportamientos de riesgo en la salud del adolescentes: una revisión bibliográfica integrada; Relações entre modelos de pais e comportamentos de risco na saúde do adolescente: uma revisão integrativa da literatura

Newman, Kathy; Harrison, Lynda; Dashiff, Carol; Davies, Susan
Fonte: Universidade de São Paulo. Escola de Enfermagem de Ribeirão Preto Publicador: Universidade de São Paulo. Escola de Enfermagem de Ribeirão Preto
Tipo: info:eu-repo/semantics/article; info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion; Formato: application/pdf; application/pdf; application/pdf
Publicado em 01/02/2008 ENG; POR; SPA
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Research over the past 20 years suggests that the quality of the parent-adolescent relationship significantly affects the development of risk behaviors in adolescent health. The purpose of this paper is to present a review of studies published between 1996-2007 that address specific relationships between parenting styles and six priority adolescent risk behaviors. The review supports the substantial influence of parenting style on adolescent development. Adolescents raised in authoritative households consistently demonstrate higher protective and fewer risk behaviors than adolescents from non-authoritative families. There is also considerable evidence to show that parenting styles and behaviors related to warmth, communication and disciplinary practices predict important mediators, including academic achievement and psychosocial adjustment. Careful examination of parenting style patterns in diverse populations, particularly with respect to physical activity and unintentional injury, will be a critical next step in the development of efficacious, culturally tailored adolescent health promotion interventions.; Resultados de investigaciones realizadas durante los últimos 20 años muestran que la calidad en las relaciones entre padres e hijos ha provocado un impacto significativo en el desarrollo de comportamientos de riesgo para la salud del adolescente. El objetivo de este artículo es mostrar una revisión bibliográfica de estudios publicados entre 1996-2007...

Self-rated health, psychosocial functioning, and other dimensions of adolescent health in Central and Eastern European adolescents

Page,Randy M.; Simonek,Jaromir; Ihász,Ferenc; Hantiu,Iacob; Uvacsek,Martina; Kalabiska,Irén; Klarova,Renata
Fonte: The European Journal of Psychiatry Publicador: The European Journal of Psychiatry
Tipo: info:eu-repo/semantics/article; journal article; info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion Formato: text/html; application/pdf
Publicado em 01/06/2009 ENG
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Background and Objectives: Although studied extensively among adults, self-rated health (SRH) has not received the same research attention among adolescents. It has been suggested that SRH in adolescents may be a function of adolescents' overall sense of functioning and may reflect psychosocial functioning more so than in adults. The rating of health as poor by adolescents might be a somatic expression of life distress and may be connected with risky behaviors. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to investigate self-rated health (SRH) in Central and Eastern European (CEE) adolescents and determine its association with psychosocial functioning and other dimensions of adolescent health. Methods: A survey was administered to 3,123 students in 34 secondary schools across CEE which included measures of SRH, psychosocial functioning (loneliness, hopelessness, shyness, perceptions of social status, self-rated happiness, and perception of physical attractiveness), and other dimensions of adolescent health (height/weight, physical activity, eating breakfast, sleep). Results: More girls (19.4 %) than boys (11.3 %) rated themselves as "not healthy" and this was true in each of the six countries. Significant predictors of SRH in the logistic regression model were gender...

Injury prevention and the attainment of child and adolescent health

Harvey,Alison; Towner,Elizabeth; Peden,Margie; Soori,Hamid; Bartolomeos,Kidist
Fonte: World Health Organization Publicador: World Health Organization
Tipo: Artigo de Revista Científica Formato: text/html
Publicado em 01/05/2009 EN
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Urgent attention is required to tackle the problem of child and adolescent injury across the world. There have been considerable shifts in the epidemiological patterns of child deaths; while great progress has been made in preventing infectious diseases, the exposure of children and adolescents to the risks of injury appear to be increasing and will continue to do so in the future. The issue of injuries is too often absent from child and adolescent health agendas. In December 2008, WHO and the United Nations Children's Fund published the World report on child injury prevention, calling global attention to the problem of child injuries. This article expands on the report's arguments that child injuries must be integrated into child health initiatives and proposes initial steps for achieving this integration.

Adolescent health screening practices by physicians in Jamaica

Harrison,Abigail; Pierre,Russell; Gordon-Strachan,Georgiana; Campbell-Forrester,Sheila; Leslie,Karen
Fonte: Organización Panamericana de la Salud Publicador: Organización Panamericana de la Salud
Tipo: Artigo de Revista Científica Formato: text/html
Publicado em 01/04/2011 EN
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OBJECTIVE: To review Jamaican physicians' adolescent health screening practices by determining their frequency in areas of biomedical, psychological, social, and educational health; the factors that influence these practices; and physicians' perceived level of self-efficacy and their awareness of screening tools and guidelines. METHODS: A questionnaire was mailed to general practitioners, family medicine specialists, and pediatricians in Jamaica. The primary outcome variable was the frequency of physician screening for a range of biomedical, psychosocial, and educational developmental issues in the majority (> 50%) of adolescent patients. Bivariate analyses were performed to determine differences between professional groups. RESULTS: The response rate was 32.3% (n = 213), with 209 responders being suitable for further analysis. The sample comprised 48.8% general practitioners, 33.0% family medicine specialists, and 18.2% pediatricians. Physicians more often screened for biomedical risks than for psychosocial risks, with very low frequencies of screening for psychosocial issues such as mood, suicidal ideation, sexual orientation, and safety concerns. Physicians reported high levels of confidence in discussing most psychosocial issues with adolescent patients. Time limitation and an insufficient knowledge base were the main factors identified as influencing screening practices. CONCLUSIONS: The data suggest unsatisfactory frequency of adolescent health screening by Jamaican physicians...