Health-Promoting and Health-Compromising Behaviors Among Minority Adolescents
Minority adolescents are at an increased risk for numerous health problems but are less likely to have a regular source of medical care than either adults or children. During this critical developmental period, adolescents establish behavior patterns that set the stage for adulthood, creating a unique window of opportunity for clinicians and health care professionals to intervene and promote health. This impressive collection guides the efforts to understand and develop innovative, effective, and culturally sensitive approaches for minority youth populations.
The book first lays out the complex matrix of developmental, biological, and sociocultural issues affecting minority youth. The next section delves into the specific health-compromising and health-promoting behaviors that need to be targeted, including drug abuse and violence, sexually transmitted diseases, physical activity, diet, female health issues, and chronic health risks. An innovative and culturally sensitive review of effective intervention approaches follows. The volume concludes with an examination of special problems of health care access and health policies confronting minority youth.
Given the depth and breadth of its coverage, Health-Promoting and Health Compromising Behaviors Among Minority Adolescents belongs on the shelves not only of health psychologists but of all clinical and counseling professionals who might treat minority adolescents.