Assessing Parental Advocacy

The challenge of negotiating the appropriate extent of parental involvement is an integral component of adolescent health care whatever the setting. Parental overprotectiveness has been reported in the context of JIA (27) as in other chronic conditions (28-31). In a national survey of rheumatology health professionals, parental overprotectiveness was reported to put adolescents with JIA at risk of transitional difficulties (27). Geenen reported a significant discrepancy between the perceived age for commencing self-management skills training between parents of young people with special health care needs and their health care providers (30).

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