Adolescence is a unique stage of development that requires the support of health professionals who can assist young people as they gradually accept increasing responsibility for their own health and transition from childhood to adulthood.

SAHM members recognize that adolescent health care involves more than routine check-ups. Adolescents have diverse health needs—including those related to their physical development, body image, nutrition, sexuality, mental health, use of substances and other risk behaviors. Difficulties within the family, school, or peer group often emerge or manifest as health concerns during the adolescent years.

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