Adolescent Health

The Role of Individual Differences

By Patrick Heaven

© 1996 – Psychology Press

214 pages

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pub: 1996-05-01
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About the Book

Adolescence is one of the most turbulent yet exciting phases in life. Increased autonomy brings with it new health risks ranging from drugs and sexually transmitted disease, to eating disorders and suicidal depression. Even though todays teenagers are more concerned with and educated about their health than any previous generation, they still engage in risky behaviour.

Adolescent Health explores how individual differences contribute to health and illness across a wide range of cultures and socio-economic backgrounds. Patrick Heaven blends the latest research findings from a range of sources with practical suggestions on how to improve health care services for adolescents. Adolescent Health will prove valuable to professionals working with young people, social science students and parents.

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables. Foreword by Dr C. Peterson. Preface. Chapter 1. General Introduction: Introduction, Definitions of Health, Conceptions of illness and health among adolescents, Adolescence: a period of health risk, Summary Chapter 2. Health Education: Introduction, Adolescent injury and disease, Health education strategies, Adolescent health services, Models of health behaviour, Summary Chapter 3. Stress and Coping: Introduction, The Nature of Stress, Stress during the adolescent years, Types of stressors, Causes and correlates of adolescent stress, Coping with stress, Summary Chapter 4. Body Image and Eating Behaviours: Introduction, Controlling ones weight, Self-perceptions of body image, Eating disorders, The treatment of eating disorders, Summary Chapter 5. Sex and AIDS: Introduction, Sexual development, Attitudes to sex, Sexual behaviours and condoms, Predicting condom use, Summary Chapter 6. Substance abuse: Alcohol, Cigarettes and Other Drugs: Introduction, Patterns of substance abuse, Syndrome of problem behaviour, Theoretical perspectives, Summary Chapter 7. Mental Health: Schizophrenia, Depression and Suicide: Introduction, Schizophrenia, Depression, Suicide, Summary Chapter 8. Lifestyle, Exercise and Diet: Introduction, The concept of lifestyle, Exercise and fitness, Diet and health, Attitudes to food and nutrition, Psychological predictors of a healthy lifestyle, Changing lifestyle, Summary Chapter 9. Concluding Comments: Introduction, Empowerment, Improving Health services for adolescents.

About the Author

Patrick C. L. Heaven is Senior Lecturer in psychology at the University of Wollongong, Australia. His previous publications include Contemporary Adolescence: A Social Psychological Approach (1994); Adolescence: An Australian Perspective (1990, edited by Heaven and Callan) and Life Span Development (1992, edited).

About the Series

Adolescence and Society

In the 20 years since it began, this series has published some of the key texts in the field of adolescent studies. The series has covered a very wide range of subjects, almost all of them being of central concern to students, researchers and practitioners. A mark of its success is that a number of books have gone to second and third editions, illustrating its popularity and reputation.

The primary aim of the series is to make accessible to the widest possible readership important and topical evidence relating to adolescent development. Much of this material is published in relatively inaccessible professional journals, and the objective of the books has been to summarise, review and place in context current work in the field, so as to interest and engage both an undergraduate and a professional audience.

The intention of the authors is to raise the profile of adolescent studies among professionals and in institutions of higher education. By publishing relatively short, readable books on topics of current interest to do with youth and society, the series makes people more aware of the relevance of the subject of adolescence to a wide range of social concerns.

The books do not put forward any one theoretical viewpoint. The authors outline the most prominent theories in the field and include a balanced and critical assessment of each of these. Whilst some of the books may have a clinical or applied slant, the majority concentrate on normal development.

The readership rests primarily in two major areas: the undergraduate market, particularly in the fields of psychology, sociology and education; and the professional training market, with particular emphasis on social work, clinical and educational psychology, counselling, youth work, nursing and teacher training.

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