Description: This book includes 14 chapters covering basic conceptual issues, current research, and clinical perspectives regarding diverse adolescent health problems. The authors review theoretical models and empirical findings related to risky health behaviors (i.e., suicide, HIV, and substance abuse), chronic physical conditions (i.e., recurrent headaches, diabetes, cystic fibrosis, and sickle cell disease), and health prevention efforts.
Purpose: The book is part of a series published by the Society of Pediatric Psychology that is designed to provide a snapshot of current research on selected topics within pediatric psychology by active researchers in the field. The objective to provide an in-depth examination of selected topics is a worthy one, and the authors accomplish their goal.
Audience: The book appears to be written for a broad audience, but it is primarily geared toward researchers in the fields of adolescence, behavioral medicine, psychology, and pediatrics. However, professionals in a variety of settings (e.g., schools, hospitals, clinics) will find empirically based practical suggestions for promoting healthy adolescent behavior and treating adolescent health problems. Contributors include recognized experts in pediatric psychology representing different disciplines and diverse perspectives.
Features: Several of the chapters provide tables and figures to supplement the text and clarify empirical findings. Chapter reference lists are thorough and relatively current. A subject index is provided, but there is no author index.
Assessment: This book is both timely and important; it reviews state-of-the-art prevention and intervention efforts for notable adolescent health problems. The chapters are easy to read, largely well written, and informative. The book is unique in its effort to link theoretical models of adolescent development with empirical data on risky adolescent behavior. It is likely to be a useful reference for researchers and clinicians alike.