lies was mentioned many times, although it was not the focus at either of the workshops. While it stands to reason that improving a family’s interactions, its approach to medical issues, and other factors may be the best way to improve the health status of a adolescent patient, strategies to achieve this goal are not well articulated. Many programs certainly acknowledge the issue and look for ways to address the broader needs an adolescent may have, whether with family members, the criminal justice system, or school, but resources and strategies for doing so are scarce.1

Recent developments in the study of neurological and cognitive development are likely to be very useful both to the overall understanding of adolescents and to the development of effective strategies and programs for members of this age group. As researchers and practitioners seek to improve their understanding of adolescence in important areas, such as decision making, risk assessment, and a connectedness, it will be important for them to monitor this blossoming field. However, research centers lack institutional and funding supports for collaboration among specialists in each of the fields for which adolescence is a concern.


A useful resource in this regard is A. Rae Simpson’s Raising Teens: A Synthesis of Research and a Foundation for Action (2001). See

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