Special Issue "Adolescent and Young Adult Health through a Developmental Lens"

A special issue of Healthcare (ISSN 2227-9032). This special issue belongs to the section "Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Janet McDonagh
Guest Editor
Versus Arthritis Centre for Epidemiology; Centre for MSK Research, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK. NIHR Biomedical Research Centre, Manchester University Hospital NHS Trust, Manchester, UK. Department of Paediatric and Adolescent Rheumatology, Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, Manchester University Hospitals NHS Trust, Manchester, UK.
Interests: developmentally appropriate health care for young people including health transitions; vocational readiness; peer support in addition to work centred on chronic musculoskeletal pain during adolescence and young adulthood.
Dr. Albert Farre
Guest Editor
School of Health Sciences, University of Dundee, Dundee, UK
Interests: adolescent health; developmentally appropriate healthcare for young people; health transitions; young people with long-term conditions; psychosocial aspects of health/illness and healthcare behaviours; implementation science; complex interventions; health services research

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In 1916 the first dedicated adolescent clinic was established in Stanford, USA. Over a hundred years later, the pros and cons of dedicated services for adolescents and young adults (10–24 year olds) are still debated, unmet training needs are still reported, and young people moving from paediatric to adult-centred care continue to experience the stark differences in cultures of care and the third phase of transitional care that takes place in the third decade of life (i.e., the least researched). This is despite increasing evidence that the adolescent brain continues to develop well into the mid-twenties and the concept of emerging adulthood is increasingly recognised. Adolescent and young adult health is now very much on the global health agenda and recognised as a key life stage worth investing in, in view of the potential to influence future adult health, including future parents of future children. The aim of this Special Issue is to advocate for a greater use of adolescent and young adult development—biological, psychological, cognitive, social, vocational—as a framework and lens through which to look at the lives of all young people, irrespective of their health status. We are therefore looking for papers which specifically address the importance and/or demonstrate the use of such a framework in research involving adolescents and young adults.

Dr. Janet McDonagh
Dr. Albert Farre
Guest Editors

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  • adolescent development
  • adolescence
  • young adulthood
  • developmentally appropriate health care
  • youth-friendly health care
  • transitional care
  • young people
  • parenting of adolescents

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Familial and Parental Predictors of Physical Activity in Late Adolescence: Prospective Analysis over a Two-Year Period
Healthcare 2021, 9(2), 132; https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9020132 - 29 Jan 2021
Children’s health behaviors are highly influenced by their parents and family. This study aimed to prospectively evaluate the parental/familial factors associated with physical activity levels (PALs) among older adolescents. The participants were 766 adolescents, who were prospectively observed at baseline (when they were [...] Read more.
Children’s health behaviors are highly influenced by their parents and family. This study aimed to prospectively evaluate the parental/familial factors associated with physical activity levels (PALs) among older adolescents. The participants were 766 adolescents, who were prospectively observed at baseline (when they were 16 years of age), at first follow-up measurement (FU1; 17 years of age), and second follow-up measurement (FU2; 18 years of age). Sociodemographic factors (age, gender, socioeconomic status, and sport participation) and parental/familial variables were evaluated at baseline. PALs (evidenced by the Physical-Activity Questionnaire-for-Adolescents) were prospectively evidenced at baseline, FU1, and FU2. Factorial analysis of variance for repeated measurements showed a significant decrease in PALs during the study course (F = 83.05, p < 0.001). Sport participation and male gender were significant predictors of PALs at baseline, FU1, and FU2. Logistic regression, controlled for sport participation and male gender, evidenced paternal education as a significant predictor of baseline PALs. Parental conflict was a significant predictor of PALs in all three testing waves. The significant influence of paternal education on the children’s PALs existed from younger adolescence until the age of 17 years. The association between parental conflict and PALs developed in older adolescence. These results should be used in the development of specific and targeted interventions aimed at the improvement of PALs and a reduction of sedentarism in youth. Full article
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