Why it matters
Involvement in Adolescent Care
Parent/Caregiver involvement is an important component of positive health outcomes for adolescents. Adolescents who don’t have this support are more vulnerable to engaging in risky behaviors and experiencing poor health. Caregivers play a key role in helping adolescents navigate health care systems, establish healthy behaviors, and, as they get older, become empowered health care consumers. While adolescents value their caregivers 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.
An adolescent’s teen years are an excellent time to set them up for a healthy future. Our “Take Charge of your Health Care” poster and accompanying teen and caregiver handouts provide suggestions to guide teens into becoming more involved in their own health care.
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