Child and Adolescent Health

Child and Adolescent Health

Adolescent Health Care is the development of adequate and comprehensive services for young people.

There are various stages considered for adolescent years, which are typically from puberty to adulthood, and may be roughly divided into three stages: early adolescence, generally ages 11 to 14; middle adolescence, ages 15 to 17; and late adolescence, ages 18 to 21.  However, the physical and psychological changes that occur in adolescence can start earlier, during the preteen or "tween" years (ages 9 through 12).

Adolescence is not to be confused with puberty.  Puberty refers to the bodily changes, while adolescence is the period of psychological and social transition between childhood and adulthood.

During this phase of development, adolescents can face problems with eating disorders, and body image; psychological issues including depression, anxiety, and sexual identity.  

In adolescent psychology, as parents, we aim to understand the meaning of how our children are affected by these changes in their life and the impact it has on them.