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Children's Palliative Care in Africa$
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Justin Amery

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199567966

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199567966.001.0001

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Palliative care for adolescents

Palliative care for adolescents

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(p.289) Chapter 16 Palliative care for adolescents
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Children's Palliative Care in Africa
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Justin Amery

Julia Downing

Collette Cunningham

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199567966.003.0016

Twelve million (30%) of people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) worldwide are less than twenty-five years old and of these, nine million are between fifteen and twenty-four, and six million are young women. This chapter deals with palliative care for adolescents. Adolescence is a time of rapid change: physical, psychological, spiritual, and sexual. Adolescence is also a time of paradox: it is exciting but also frightening; it is a time when one is a child imprisoned in an adult's body; but also when one is an adult imprisoned in a world of rules and restrictions. Adolescents form a distinct group with their own unique physical, emotional, psychological, and social needs that are significantly different from those of adults and children. Health workers need to accept and understand these changes and young people's reactions to them, and not allow adolescents to fall into the gap between adults' and children's needs and services.

Keywords:   adolescence, sexuality, palliative care, Africa, social needs

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