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February 1982

A Behavioral Approach to the Care of Adolescents

Author Affiliations

Division of Adolescent Medicine Children's Hospital Medical Center 300 Longwood Ave Boston, MA 02115


by Marilyn J. Aten and Elizabeth R. McAnarney, 179 pp, $10.50, St Louis, CV Mosby Co, 1981.

Am J Dis Child. 1982;136(2):181. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1982.03970380093037

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Reviewers of medical textbooks often say in the final sentence of the review that the book should find a place on the bookshelves of students as well as of professionals interested in its subject. Aten and McAnarney's A Behavioral Approach to the Care of Adolescents is a slim paperback that will stay on my bookshelf. I will urge my students to read it to understand adolescent growth and development better. Clearly intended for this purpose, the authors specifically speak of this issue in the preface: "This book is directed toward those professionals who are at entry-level learning experience in adolescent primary health care."

There are four major sections: "Normal Development in Adolescents," "Well Adolescent Care," "Common Problems of Adolescence," and "Case Study Presentations." There are 200 references indexed throughout the text. I found the section "Common Problems of Adolescence" somewhat cumbersome. Refractive errors, dental problems, and acne are discussed along

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