Transitional care must include parents, acknowledging the dynamics of parents' evolving role as the young person moves from childhood through adolescence and, ultimately, into adulthood. In a national survey of professionals, a fifth of respondents reported difficulties with parents with respect to over protectiveness, adolescent-parent conflicts, denial of transitional issues, and consent during the transition process (27).
There are many simple strategies that health professionals can employ to limit the impact of and/or avoid such difficulties thereby facilitating a smooth transition through adolescence for young person and parent alike. Examples of these strategies are detailed in Table 1, and a few of these are discussed in detail below.
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