Behavioral Pediatrics, An Issue of Primary Care Clinics in by Donald E. Greydanus MD Dr HC (Athens), Helen Pratt, Dilip R

By Donald E. Greydanus MD Dr HC (Athens), Helen Pratt, Dilip R Patel MD FAACPDM FAAP FSAM FACSM

BEHAVIORAL PADIATRICS has been built to supply the primary-care medical professional with a pragmatic consultant to early attractiveness of an intervention within the major difficulties more and more affecting the emotional health and wellbeing of our kids and teens. the 1st a part of the quantity introduces basic thoughts of ordinary improvement, evaluate, and therapy. half makes a speciality of particular behavioral pediatric problems, with specific awareness to useful methods to prognosis, administration, and referral.

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Altruism Altruism is the act of performing selfless acts with the best interests and welfare of someone else in mind. The focus is on the needs of the other person instead of on oneself. Often, altruistic acts are portrayed as potentially self-destructive because the performer overlooks his or her personal health, safety, or best interests; this action is not the form of altruism suggested by the authors of this article. Developmentally, altruism requires the ability to engage in abstract thinking, to see another’s point of view, and to know what values his or her family embraces with respect to helping others; this skill is most likely developing well during middle adolescence (ages 11–13 years) [8–10].

Severe estrogen deficiency in adolescent girls with eating disorders (eg, anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa) or in elite adolescent athletes (athlete triad) has devastating life course effects on bone health. Overweight prevalence doubled for children (6–11 years of age) during the past 30 years and tripled for adolescents (12–19 years of age). Currently, 19% of children and 17% of adolescents are overweight. Overall, the prevalence of being overweight is greater among African Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans than among whites [34].

Are poor living conditions in childhood and adolescence an important risk factor for arteriosclerotic heart disease? Br J Prev Soc Med 1977;31:91–5. [9] Osmond C, Barker DJP, Winter PD, et al. Early growth and death from cardiovascular disease in women. BMJ 1993;307:1519–24. [10] Clark PM, Atton C, Law CM, et al. Weight gain in pregnancy, triceps skin fold thickness and blood pressure in the offspring. J Obstet Gynaecol 1998;91:103–7. [11] Godfrey KM, Forrester T, Barker DJP, et al. Maternal nutritional status in pregnancy and blood pressure in childhood.

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