General practitioners are in an ideal position to oversee the passage of young people through adolescence, identifying those with potential problems and working with them to improve their health and wellbeing. This article outlines some principles, strategies and approaches to working with young people.
- Be empathic, respectful and nonjudgemental.
- Understand confidentiality and consent requirements.
- Understand adolescent development.
- Recognise the importance of privacy.
- Be vigilant with boundaries.
- Provide a safe environment.
- Understand the linkage between physical and emotional wellbeing.
- Understand that family, school and peers are key agents of socialisation.
- Have good communication skills.
- Provide adolescent accessible services.