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Health Education

ISSN: 0965-4283

Online from: 1992

Subject Area: Health Care Management/Healthcare

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Psychological development of young adolescents: implications for health education practice

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Title:Psychological development of young adolescents: implications for health education practice
Author(s):Angela Scriven, (Head of the School of Health, Bath Spa University College, Newton Park, Bath, UK), Victoria Stevenson, (Victoria Stevenson)
Citation:Angela Scriven, Victoria Stevenson, (1998) "Psychological development of young adolescents: implications for health education practice", Health Education, Vol. 98 Iss: 3, pp.89 - 94
Keywords:Education, Health, Young people
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/09654289810208567 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:MCB UP Ltd
Abstract:The social and cognitive development of young people at adolescence can have a marked influence on their health-related behaviour. Psychological development can be influenced at both inter- and intrapersonal levels, and health behaviour can be explained and accounted for by a diverse range of influences. This article discusses issues such as experimentation, self-esteem and individuality within the framework of current theories of psychological development. It assesses the implications of adolescent development for health education programmes, with specific reference to how psychological development influences the motivation and reinforcement of health-compromising behaviour, such as smoking.

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