Anticipatory Guidance for the Adolescent
Cavanaugh R M~~Hastings-Tolsma M~~et al
932 parents of adolescents completed a computerized questionnaire listing 30 common psychosocial-medical concerns of adolescence. They were asked how important it is for pediatricians to discuss these topics with their teenagers during regular checkups. 84% felt it important to discuss suicide, 13% were unsure & 3% said not to discuss it. Heeding parents’ wishes & concerns, pediatricians should include discussions of psychosocial-medical issues as components of routine adolescent health care.