December 1987

Laws and Policies Affecting Adolescent Health

Author Affiliations

Department of Pediatrics University of Rochester Medical Center Box 690 Rochester, NY 14642


by J. M. Paxman and R. J. Zuckerman, $29.50, Geneva, World Health Organization, 1987.

Am J Dis Child. 1987;141(12):1284. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1987.04460120046031

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This book grew out of two major efforts by the World Health Organization (WHO). The first was a recommendation published in 1977 "that the legal and policy aspects of adolescent health care be explored, and that legislation be used to facilitate 'more and better' health services" (page 1). The second was the United Nations' designation of 1985 as International Youth Year and advocacy leading to the development of "comprehensive measures for intersectoral community-based health care." The purpose of the book is to inform the reader... about what law and policy have to say about adolescent health care, to look briefly at ways in which they impose constraints on the development of adolescent health care programmes, to explore the various approaches that have been adopted around the world to eliminate, overcome, or avoid such constraints, and to examine how law and policy have been utilized to ensure greater access by adolescents

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