The appropriateness of health services for adolescents. Youths' opinions and attitudes

Michael Resnick, Robert Wm Blum, Diane Hedin

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Minnesota high school students were surveyed about their attitudes, beliefs, and opinions about health, illness, and medical care. Data were obtained from small group discussions conducted by the adolescents themselves in schools and agencies throughout the state. This paper reports their views toward adolescent medical services. Teenagers emphasized the idea of service appropriateness as central to promoting service utilization. Key to the concept of appropriateness were the components of staff, setting, cost and confidentiality. Each of these dimensions is examined from the view of youth as to implications for increased appropriateness of services for both utilization and improved health. Findings are discussed in terms of differences in problem definition between the adolescent and professional, and their implications for medical care in conventional and alternative settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)137-141
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Adolescent Health Care
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 1980
Externally publishedYes

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  • Adolescence
  • Attitudes
  • Health problems
  • Health services


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