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J Adolesc Health. 2007 Dec;41(6):525-35. Epub 2007 Aug 29.

Inspiring healthy adolescent choices: a rationale for and guide to strength promotion in primary care.

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The Vermont Child Health Improvement Program, Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine, University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont, USA. <>


The social, emotional, and biological health of adolescents requires their development as autonomous beings who make responsible decisions about their own health. Clinicians can assist in this development by adopting a strength-based approach to adolescent health care, which applies concepts from positive youth development to the medical office setting.

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