What do adolescents need to grow and develop in good health?
Complementary actions are needed to promote healthy development in adolescents; to prevent health problems or problem behaviours, and to respond to them if and when they arise. They need interventions to decrease and to mitigate their vulnerability. These include: information and skills; a safe and supportive environment; and appropriate and accessible health and counselling services.
Furthermore, while adolescents share many common characteristics, it is important to appreciate that they are not all the same, and these differences (for example age, sex, marital status and parental support) need to be taken into consideration when developing and implementing interventions.