Parent/Guardian involvement is an important component of healthy behaviors and positive health outcomes for adolescents. Adolescents who don’t have this support are more vulnerable to engaging in risky behaviors and experiencing poor health. Parents/Guardians play a key role in helping adolescents navigate health care systems, establish healthy behaviors, and, as they get older, and become empowered health care consumers. While adolescents value their parents’/guardians’ involvement in their health care, they also express a desire to have private conversations with their health care providers. Health care providers must balance parent engagement with adolescent confidentiality.
Communicating clearly with parents/guardians about adolescent confidentially can help them feel more at ease as with your health center’s policies and practices. Our “Parent and Caregiver” handout offers a sample letter you can adapt to give to parents as their child checks in for their appointment.
Confidentiality Parent Handout: Sample letter about confidentiality to give to parents at check-in.
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