Promoting the health of adolescents: Are we on the right track

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Modernization and development have brought better health (and more medical care) for all, except for teenagers. In real life, namely in the primary health care arena, programs tailored for teenagers are rare. Moreover, the acceptance and efficiency of even such rare programs are poor. Thus the question arises: Are we on the right track? Adolescence is the ideal time for promoting good health. But, in providing health care for teenagers, a call for change is well recognized. We need answers to the following questions: What should be done to promote adolescents' health? What are pertinent, adequate and effective programs? We can win the future and develop efficient health promotion programs with adolescents by learning from the past, and correctly reading the present To reach such a goal, a call for the traditional reforms in education, action and research is inevitable. But, for the first time in history, such reforms will require participation not only by professionals and politicians, but by the people. The right track to promote health is the community. More innovative programs must be developed with the active participation of teenagers, based on real community needs and resources.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)113-126
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1991


  • Adolescents
  • community health
  • health promotion


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