The key tasks of adolescence are listed in Table 2.
Alongside these tasks are several important life transitions, including moving from primary to secondary education and eventually from secondary education to either work or further education. There is also the transition from living in the family home to living independently, although the average age at which this happens is increasing in Western Europe (10). Finally there is the transition from pediatric to adult health care providers, a transition all young people are likely to make, although it is more pronounced for those with a chronic illness. Children and young people with chronic rheumatic conditions have been reported to be higher users of physicians compared to young people with other chronic illnesses (12,30). The tasks and transitions of adolescence are themselves interdependent and cannot be considered in isolation. Reciprocal influences should be acknowledged, in addition to the impact of illness on each.
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