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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Bernard J. Turnock, MD, MPH (University of Illinois at Chicago)
Description: As the field of health promotion expands, there has been an increase in the number of books devoted to specific populations and age groups.
Purpose: This book reflects this trend by examining many of the preventable health problems and health risks of adolescents and the strategies and programs that are available to promote and protect the health of teenagers.
Audience: The primary audience is health promotion specialists and other public health professionals, school health officials, and a myriad of agencies and organizations that provide health and supportive services for adolescents.
Features: As expected, the usual suspects for health promotion are lined up; these include diet, fitness, tobacco, alcohol, and sexual activity. But the book also ventures into new territory with chapters on mental health, youth violence, and even family and dating violence. Useful and relatively recent data and information are provided throughout the book. There are also several success stories from across the U.S. of health promotion programs addressing these problems and risks. Chapters are generally consistent although the level of theory and the balance between theory and practice does vary.
Assessment: This is an interesting book for schools and other organizations concerned with the health problems and needs of teenagers. It nicely captures the important health promotion issues facing this age group. The success stories are also interesting, although they are not as persuasive as they could be in terms of objectively documenting their claims of success. Nonetheless, this is a solid addition to the health promotion literature.