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Adolescent health problems
The WHO defines adolescence as the period between 10 and 19yrs of age and, in most developed countries, this accounts for 13–15% of the popula-tion. In the UK adolescent health problems are increasing. This is thought to be a reflection of poor investment in health care delivery to young people, and also of the increasing proportion of adolescents who are of low socioeconomic status and who belong to ethnic minority groups.
The improvement in mortality rate observed in other age groups over recent decades has not been mirrored in adolescents. The most common cause of death in this age group is traumatic injury (particularly road traffic accidents) and poisoning. Suicide among late teenage males has doubled in the last 3 decades.
The pattern of adolescent illness is distinct. Some of the most common concerns that we see in adolescents.
An increasing trend has been observed in the following adolescent health problems in recent years:
• Substance misuse.
• Sexual health problems.
• Mental health problems.
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