Adolescent Health Sourcebook, 3rd Ed.

Health Reference Series

Adolescent Health Sourcebook, 3rd Ed.

Web Price: $85.00

As teenagers transition into adulthood, they experience significant physical, mental, and emotional changes, and the choices they make can have profound ramifications on their well-being. At a time when peer pressure and other relationship stresses can complicate decision-making, teens who become involved in unhealthy behaviors may find themselves at risk for long-term health consequences.

Adolescent Health Sourcebook, 3rd Edition, offers basic information about growth and development during adolescence, as well as related health and safety issues.

The book is organized in the broad subject areas detailed below. Please see the Table of Contents for a more complete understanding of the comprehensive coverage offered in Adolescent Health Sourcebook, 3rd Edition.

Part I: An Overview of Adolescent Health discusses the physical, mental, and emotional components of adolescent well-being and includes facts about brain development, the role of risk taking, and the challenges of parent-teen communication.

Part II: Staying Healthy during Adolescence explores such topics as vaccinations, nutrition, exercise, caffeine use, weight maintenance, and sleep needs.

Part III: Puberty, Sexuality, and Reproductive Health provides information about specific gender-related concerns for teens, along with information about sexual orientation, sexually transmitted diseases, abstinence, birth control, and teen pregnancy.

Part IV: Common Health Concerns of Teens and Their Parents discusses chronic diseases and disorders that commonly affect adolescents.

Part V: Emotional, Social, and Mental Health Concerns in Adolescents identifies stresses and disorders that interfere with a teen’s ability to function at home, work, and school. Risk factors and warning signs of adolescent suicide are also included.

Part VI: Substance Abuse and Adolescents provides information about why teens are susceptible to addiction and discusses risk factors and treatment strategies for the most commonly abused substances.

Part VII: Adolescent Safety Concerns offers advice on preventing accidents and specific types of injuries, including sports injuries.

Part VIII: Violence against Adolescents identifies factors that protect teens against violence, such as family support, academic achievement, and community infrastructure. Various types of adolescent aggression are also discussed.

Part IX: Additional Help and Information provides a glossary of terms, a directory of organizations that provide health information, and a list of hotlines and referral services for teens in trouble.

Standard Features

  • Library binding, 6 x 9
  • 550-650 pages per volume
  • Easy-to-use volumes organized into parts and chapters
  • Parts focus on broad areas of interest; chapters focus on single topics within a part
  • Authoritative content from respected government agencies and institutes, university research centers, professional medical associations, and non-profit health organizations
  • Comprehensive chapters feature generous use of headings and subheadings for ease of navigation
  • Tables, charts, and illustrations display statistical data and supplement explanations
  • Helpful glossary provides definitions of technical terms
  • Resource directories with contact information highlight organizations that can provide further information and support
  • Professionally prepared master index provides easy access to descriptive information, definitions, and related concepts


"The material is up-to-date, comprehensive, and mainstream, making it a convenient first-step resource for consumers wanting basic understanding of health care issues facing today’s youth. ... Recommended for public libraries, community colleges, and other agencies serving health care consumers."

—American Reference Books Annual, 2011