Adolescent Health Factors Affecting Adolescent Research Paper

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What is of particular concern is that negative factors such as alcohol and other forms of substance abuse tend to be linked to cultural and social norms thast encourage these patterns of behavior, without taking cognizance of their impact on the health of the individual. The interrelatedness of these factors also suggests that a comprehensive and detailed study of the various factors that lead to these negative patterns of behavior need to be investigated and understood. There is little doubt that a more comprehensive understanding of the factors and variables that are involved in these behavior patterns in this demographic is extremely important for the future health of society. For example, the increase in adolescent obesity is a factor that needs to be addressed not only in a direct sense by improving counter measures such as physical exercise but also by understanding the link between obesity and important issues such as loss of self-esteem -- which can in turn lead to other negative behavior patterns such as substance abuse.

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