Promoting Teen Health: Linking Schools, Health Organizations, and Community / Edition 1

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Overview

This book demonstrates how some of the most serious problems and dangers confronting teenagers today - tobacco, alcohol, substance abuse, pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, mental health problems and youth violence - can be addressed through health promotion and education.

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This book offers an overview of some of the most serious problems confronting today’s young people and ways to address them through health promotion and education. The first part of the book covers a broad range of teen health problems, including tobacco, alcohol and other substance abuse; pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases; mental health problems; and youth violence. Each chapter addresses a specific problem, presenting recent demographic information concerning the problems discussed and strategies that have been shown to work. Resources are included for many of the problems addressed. Following a transition chapter that discusses factors associated with success in health education programs, the second section of the book describes several actual teen health promotion programs, along with the way they were funded, an evaluation of why they were successful, and a brief perspective from one of the participants.

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Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: 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.
Journal of Community Health
"An extremely useful and up-to-date volume that will appeal to all those concerned with adolescents and promoting better health among them. These chapters are comprehensive and current, and are each augmented by using references."
Bernard J. Turnock
As the field of health promotion expands, there has been an increase in the number of books devoted to specific populations and age groups. 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. 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. 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. 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.
Booknews
Presents 24 contributions treating health problems for teens and some of the programs used to educate teens to those issues. Twelve of the chapters focus on particular health issues such as tobacco use, AIDS/HIV, mental health, nutrition, sexually transmitted disease, alcohol use, and violence, as well as strategies that have been used to counter them. The latter half of the volume documents a variety of health education programs and examine how they were funded as well as reasons for their success. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

2 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761902768
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 5/28/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 8.25 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
1 Overview of Teen Health 1
2 Preventing Unintentional Adolescent Injury 7
3 Physical Activity and Fitness 22
4 Nutrition for Teens 28
5 Tobacco Use and Adolescents 46
6 Drug Abuse 58
7 Adolescents and Alcohol Use 78
8 Recognizing and Preventing Sexually Transmitted Diseases Among Adolescents 100
9 Hiv/Aids 117
10 Adolescent Pregnancy and Too-Early Childbearing 132
11 Mental Health 151
12 Youth Violence 166
13 Family and Dating Violence 181
14 Selected Factors Associated With Demonstrating Success in Health Education Programs 199
15 Project CUFFS (Communities for United Fullerton Safety) 210
16 Peer Education ... a Little Help From Your Friends 215
17 Baile de Vida: The Dance of Life 219
18 The Vermont School and Mass Media Project 223
19 Postponing Sexual Involvement 228
20 Class of 1989 Study 233
21 Adolescent Family Life Program 237
22 New Jersey School-Based Youth Services Program 242
23 Archway: Treating Adolescent Substance Abusers 247
24 In Context: The Future for Adolescent Health 252
Name Index 257
Subject Index 263
About the Editors 271
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