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Brain/Cognitive Development

Cognitive Development
Cincinnati Children’s, 2014
This list of cognitive changes during adolescence includes suggestions to help encourage positive and healthy cognitive development in adolescents.
Social Development
Performing Preventive Services: Developmental Strengths
Bright Futures, 2016
The Bright Futures Guidelines chapter on developmental strengths addresses the importance of including developmental strengths in history, observation, and surveillance. This framework provides a platform to accentuate what is going right for a child, and has a positive focus to health promotion and disease prevention.
Adolescent Psychosocial, Social, and Cognitive Development
Pediatrics in Review, 2013 (R. Arrington Sanders)
This article discusses the stages of cognitive and psychosocial adolescent development, reviews the implications of early pubertal timing, and offers communication techniques to be able to talk effectively with adolescents and address developmental concerns that may arise.

Psychosocial Assessment

H.E.A.D.S.S. A Psychosocial Interview for Adolescents
BC Children’s Hospital, 2016
This guide offers health care providers a guideline for structuring a HEADSS (Home, Education/employment, peer group Activities, Drugs, Sexuality, and Suicide/depression) interview with an adolescent patient.  
Getting into Adolescent Heads: An Essential Update
American Academy of Pediatrics, 2004
This article reviews the psychosocial screen HEEADSSS, which focuses on assessment of the Home environment, Education and employment, Eating, peer-related Activities, Drugs, Sexuality, Suicide/depression, and Safety from injury and violence.
Psychosocial Assessment for Young People
Headspace, 2004
The psychosocial assessment guides the interviewer through a series of domains in order to assess areas of difficulty that may be indicative of psychosocial problems.

The goal of the AHRQ-funded project, Youth Providers 2.0 (YP2.0), is to improve the use of evidence-based practices among health care providers caring for adolescents and young adults. To accomplish this goal, SAHM will engage in a number of activities using new media to improve the dissemination of patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) to health professionals.

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