Environmental Aspects

The seating arrangements are of vital importance to ensure effective adolescent health care provision. The professional should always invite the young person to take the seat that allows direct eye contact, emphasizing the young person's central importance in the consultation. Similarly the parent should be invited to take the seat which is slightly out of direct eye contact, ensuring that the health professional will have to deliberately turn his or her head to respond to them. The ventriloquist parent will easily be identifiable with such arrangements! As the professional waits for the young person to respond, it will be the parent's voice coming from elsewhere in the room they will hear!

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