ABC of Adolescence by Russell Viner

By Russell Viner

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Fam Pract 2001;18:373-82. x Hack S, Jellinek M. Early identification of emotional and behavioral problems in a primary care setting. In: Juszczak LFM, ed. Adolescent medicine: state of the art reviews. Philadelphia: Belfus Ha, 1996:335-50. x Michael KD, Crowley SL. How effective are treatments for child and adolescent depression? A meta-analytic review. Clin Psychol Rev 2002;22:247-69. x Kondo DG, Chrisman AK, March JS. An evidence-based medicine approach to combined treatment for ADHD in children and adolescents.

Physical or sexual abuse may also be a factor. Recently there has been increasing recognition of the importance of depression in non-fatal as well as fatal self harm by adolescents. Substance misuse is also common, although the degree of risk of self harm in adolescents attributable to alcohol or drug misuse is unclear. Knowing others who self harm may be an important factor. Young South Asian females in the United Kingdom seem to have a raised risk of self harm. Intercultural stresses and consequent family conflicts may be relevant factors.

Uk). The series will be published as a book in summer 2005. Competing interests: None declared. BMJ 2005;330:891–4 Information resources For young people x Depression in children and young people. Factsheet 21. uk For parents and teachers x Suicide and self-harm in people. Factsheet 15. From RCPsych (as above). x Graham P, Hughes C. So young, so sad, so listen. London: Gaskell, 1995. uk (YoungMinds is a national charity working to improve the mental health of all children and young people). com (for information on teaching about mental health issues in young people).

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