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Adolescent & Parent Perspectives

Parents’ Perspectives on Health Care for Adolescents
by Harriette B. Fox, Margaret A. McManus, and Shara M. Yurkiewicz, June 2010.
This report presents parents’ perspectives on teen health problems and ways to better address them. It reports on what parents understand to be the most pressing health problems teens today face, what their experiences have been in accessing needed services for their adolescent children, what they see as their appropriate role in helping teens to obtain care and stay healthy, and how they think providers can help them. The report also presents parents’ recommendations for an ideal health care site for teens. Information was obtained from seven parent focus groups, including three with Spanish-speaking parents, conducted in Chicago, DC, Los Angeles, and Miami.

Adolescents’ Experiences and Views on Health Care
by Harriette B. Fox, Susan G. Philliber, Margaret A. McManus, and Shara M. Yurkiewicz, March 2010.
This report presents adolescents’ perspectives on their health care experiences and their ideas about how best to structure a health care delivery system that is responsive to their needs. It addresses several topics, including health issues facing adolescents; experiences with seeking and receiving health care; views on parental involvement; and preferences for the design, services, and staff at an ideal health site. Information was obtained through focus groups and supplemental questionnaires conducted in four cities with over 200 adolescents.


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