By Ralph J. DiClemente, William B. Hansen, Lynn E. Ponton
Adolescence is a developmental interval of increasing actual, mental, social! cultural, and cognitive improvement, usually characterised by means of confronting and surmounting a myriad of demanding situations and developing a feeling of self-identity and autonomy. it's also, regrettably, a interval fraught with many threats to the well-being and future health of adoles cents and with great consequent impairment and incapacity. the various hostile overall healthiness results skilled by way of children are, to a wide volume, the results of their threat behaviors. Many teens at the present time, and maybe an expanding quantity sooner or later, are in danger for loss of life, disorder, and different antagonistic overall healthiness results that aren't basically biomedical in starting place. mostly, there was a marked swap within the explanations of morbidity and mortality between youngsters. formerly, infectious ailments accounted for a dispro portionate percentage of adolescent morbidity and mortality. at this time, notwithstanding, the over whelming toll of adolescent morbidity and mortality is the results of way of life practices.
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AIDS cases in youth under the age of 25 by sex and exposure. S. Department of Health and Human Services (1994). Public Health Service. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Center for Infectious Diseases. Atlanta, 5(4), 12-14. 13% 5%,1 Men, Ages 20-24 N=1070 Men, Ages 13-19 ~ ~ I l ~ ~ ~ ~ CURRENT TRENDS IN ADOLESCENT HEALTH 2S Youth of color (African-American and Hispanic) are disproportionately represented in the number of AIDS cases in young people ages 13-24. African-Americans accounted for one-third of cases reported in males and over one-half (53%) of all cases among females.
Today, one-third fewer teenagers die of motor vehicle injuries than a decade ago. Alcohol-related vehicular deaths are markedly reduced. These data should stand as a constant refutation of the idea that "nothing can be done" to impact the major morbidities and causes of mortality of youth. Clearly, educational strategies coupled with technological improvements of cars and roads have all contributed to the improved outcomes. But there is a warning in these data as well. The recent decline in motor vehicle deaths among juveniles is not the first time we have seen such trends.