In: Health Care of Mothers and Children in National Health Services. Implications for the United States 1975; 135-153
With thanks to Lippincott Williams & Wilkins for their support for this project and for giving permission to reproduce the chapter.
S.T. Morton and I. Kolvin, "Services for the adolescents in the United Kingdom", pp 135-153, in H.W. Wallace (ed.), Health Care of Mothers and Children in National Health Services. Implications for the United States, (Ballinger, 1975).© Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Adolescence may be defined as the period of development between childhood and adult maturity. It is difficult to be more precise about this period in terms of chronological age as it consists of naturally phased periods of further growth and development following on those of childhood which have an intrinsic variability. The onset and course of adolescence are influenced by constitutional and a variety of environmental factors such as nutritional, social, cultural, climatic, and psychological.