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On the track to adulthood: the missions of the young human being, dodging the risks and gaining the tools

  • Jacob Urkin EMAIL logo , Basil Porter and Yair Bar-David


Medical staff are expected to cooperate with other professions and agencies in helping the young human in achieving the goal of becoming a healthy, well- functioning adult that expresses her/his maximal potential. Achieving this goal should be cost-effective. Cost includes not just the economic burden but also psychosocial determinants such as emotional disruption, stress, living at risk, malfunctioning, and dependency. Acknowledging the risks and the expected achievements at each age are useful in analyzing the failure of community health programs and in planning preventive modalities and needed remedies.

Corresponding author: Jacob Urkin, Division of Community Health, Siaal Center and the Prywes Center for Medical Education, Faculty of Health Sciences, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, P.O. Box 653, Beer-Sheva 84105, Israel, Phone: +972-8-6477434/+972-52-3667913, Fax: +972-8-6477623, E-mail: ; Division of Pediatrics, Soroka University Medical Center, Beer-Sheva, Israel; and “Clalit” Health Services, Ofakim, Israel



Conflict of interest and Funding source: The authors have no conflict of interest to disclose. No external funding was secured for this study.


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Received: 2014-12-23
Accepted: 2015-3-18
Published Online: 2015-5-13
Published in Print: 2016-5-1

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