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.