Adolescence as a critical stage in the MCH life course model: Commentary for the leadership education in adolescent health (LEAH) interdisciplinary training program projects

Rebecca Shlafer, Albert C. Hergenroeder, S. Jean Emans, Vaughn I. Rickert, Hoover Adger, Bonnie Spear, Charles E. Irwin, Richard E. Kreipe, Leslie R. Walker, Michael D. Resnick

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Abstract

The Life Course Perspective (LCP), or Model, is now a guiding framework in Maternal and Child Health (MCH) activities, including training, supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration's Maternal and Child Health Bureau. As generally applied, the LCP tends to focus on pre- through post-natal stages, infancy and early childhood, with less attention paid to adolescents as either the "maternal" or "child" elements of MCH discourse. Adolescence is a distinct developmental period with unique opportunities for the development of health, competence and capacity and not merely a transitional phase between childhood and adulthood. Adequately addressing adolescents' emergent and ongoing health needs requires well-trained and specialized professionals who recognize the unique role of this developmental period in the LCP.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)462-466
Number of pages5
JournalMaternal and child health journal
Volume18
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2014

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors acknowledge the support of HRSA/MCHB for the Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (LEAH) Interdisciplinary Training Program, the seven projects currently funded (Boston Children’s Hospital; Indiana University; Johns Hopkins University; University of Alabama at Birmingham; University of California, San Francisco; University of Minnesota; University of Washington) and the two projects funded in the last cycle (Baylor College of Medicine; University of Rochester).

Keywords

  • Adolescent development
  • Adolescent health
  • Life course
  • Maternal and child health training programs

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