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Adolescent Health Problems: Behavioral Perspectives
     

Adolescent Health Problems: Behavioral Perspectives

by Jan L. Wallander (Editor), Lawrence J. Siegel (Editor), Lawrence M. Siegel (Editor)
 

Adolescence, a dynamic period of physical and psychological growth, presents young people with a variety of developmental challenges that can have a significant impact on health-related behaviors. Because adolescents exhibit distinct patterns of morbidity and mortality, health practitioners are focusing increased attention on their unique health care needs.

Overview


Adolescence, a dynamic period of physical and psychological growth, presents young people with a variety of developmental challenges that can have a significant impact on health-related behaviors. Because adolescents exhibit distinct patterns of morbidity and mortality, health practitioners are focusing increased attention on their unique health care needs. ADOLESCENT HEALTH PROBLEMS: BEHAVIORAL PERSPECTIVES, edited by Jan L. Wallander and Lawrence J. Siegel, presents the work of leading researchers who investigate the connections between health and behavior in both healthy and chronically ill adolescents. Sponsored by the Society of Pediatric Psychology as part of the series Advances in Pediatric Psychology, this ground breaking volume brings the literature of the field up-to-date, providing vital theoretical and clinical findings with broad implications for health promotion in adolescence and beyond.

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Reviewer: Geri R. Donenberg, PhD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
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.
From the Publisher

"Drs. Wallander and Siegel have united the work of an impressive list of experts on adolescent behavior to create a volume that elucidates the many issues and influences affecting adolescent health. The volume bridges theory, current empirical research and clinical and public health practice, making it appropriate for both researchers and practitioners in the field of adolescent health. Moreover, the volume creates a firm foundation for the development and implementation of interventions designed to reduce adolescent risk-taking behavior and enhance the adoption and maintenance of health- promoting behavior. I recommend this volume to anyone with an interest in adolescent health." --Ralph J. DiClemente, Ph.D., Assoc. Prof., Schools of Public Health and Medicine and Co-Director, Prevention Sciences Research, Center for AIDS Research

"I have developed high expectations about Jan Wallander's and Larry Siegel's scientific work, and my respect is now extended to their editing of this excellent volume. The editors' deep understanding of the issues in adolescent health problems is revealed by their selection of highly qualified authors and the clear organization of the volume. Their attention to detail is shown by the quality and conciseness of the individual chapters. I was particularly pleased with the comprehensive coverage, from epidemiology and theory, to risky and health-promoting behaviors, to key chronic diseases. Adolescent Health Problems: Behavioral Perspectives will be a useful sourcebook for researchers and practitioners from a variety of disciplines. Not only will this volume help seasoned professionals expand their competence in adolescent health, but it will be an outstanding textbook to provide a sophisticated introduction for students." --James F. Sallis, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, San Diego State University
 

Reviewer: Geri R. Donenberg, PhD(Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
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.
Geri R. Donenberg
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. 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. 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. 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. 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 wellwritten, 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.
Booknews
Comprises 14 contributions divided into three sections: general and conceptual issues; current research and clinical perspectives on health-risk and prevention behaviors; and current research and clinical perspectives on chronic physical conditions. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780898621136
Publisher:
Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
08/11/1995
Series:
Advances in Pediatric Psychology Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
314
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Meet the Author


Jan L. Wallander is Associate Professor of Psychology and Scientist at the Civitan International Research Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he directs the Stress and Coping Research Program. A former President of the Society of Pediatric Psychology and Associate Editor of the Journal of Pediatric Psychology, he is currently focusing attention in professional affairs on international developments relevant to children's and adolescents' health and behavior, for example as a Co-Chair of the International Task Force of SPP and Pediatric Track Co-Chair for the Fourth International Congress of Behavior Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association-Division of Health Psychology. An active scientist, he has published over 80 papers and books, obtained in excess of $1.5 million in research funding from the National Institutes of Health, and currently holds a Research Career Development Award from NIH. His research deals with the psychosocial well-being and development of children and adolescents with chronic handicapping conditions and their families. 

Lawrence J. Siegel, Ph.D., is Dean and Professor of Psychology at the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology at Yeshiva University. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and is Past President of the Society of Pediatric Psychology (Section 5, Division 12 of APA). Currently, Dr. Siegel is Editor of «MDUL»The Clinical Psychologist«MDNM». He has co-authored and edited four textbooks and published numerous research articles in the areas of child clinical/pediatric psychology.

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