Importance of Respect

Respect is also important. Health professionals should attempt to lessen inequality in status by respecting the young person as an expert in their disease (10). They after all are the ones with the condition! The reported discrepancies between adolescent and parental ratings of pain, disability, and health-related quality-of-life (55,56) highlights the importance in listening to both equally valid perspectives,. Parents will vary in their awareness, sensitivity, and tolerance of adolescent health concerns. In the clinical setting it remains imperative to consider, acknowledge, and actively believe in both perspectives, particularly as discordance may be associated with depressive symptoms in the adolescent (55).

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