About this Research Topic
Adolescence is a life stage between childhood and adulthood, defined chronologically as age 10 to 19 years. During this period, interrelated and overlapping physical, cognitive, psychological, moral, and socio-emotional development occurs, often rapidly. This development is affected by many factors: gender, peers, family, race, culture, community, and the environment. Adolescents also foster connections to obtain peer approval, thereby increasing the risk of peer pressure. The desire for connectedness with peers, evolving social and emotional maturity, and poor assessment of risk-benefit in life choices increase the likelihood of making decisions with negative consequences: substance abuse, early/teenage pregnancy, and sexually transmitted infections. These forces have implications for oral, mental, sexual, and reproductive health, which are linked.
The interconnectedness of oral, mental, sexual, and reproductive health in adolescence lends itself to the exploration of novel approaches to facilitate comprehensive access of this population to the relevant health services. This Research Topic seeks manuscripts which provide supportive evidence of this link.
We invite basic, clinical, and implementation studies around, but not limited to, the following themes:
· Evidence for the interconnectedness of preventive and treatment approaches;
· Evidence of the use of a common risk factor approach for management of children/adolescents.
Keywords: adolescent, oral health, sexual health, reproductive health
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