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International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health

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Volume 28, Issue 2


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

Jacob Urkin
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  • Division of Community Health, Siaal Center and the Prywes Center for Medical Education, Faculty of Health Sciences, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel
  • Division of Pediatrics, Soroka University Medical Center, Beer-Sheva, Israel
  • “Clalit” Health Services, Ofakim, Israel
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  • Division of Community Health, Siaal Center and the Prywes Center for Medical Education, Faculty of Health Sciences, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel
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  • Division of Community Health, Siaal Center and the Prywes Center for Medical Education, Faculty of Health Sciences, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel
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Published Online: 2015-05-13 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ijamh-2014-0084


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.

Keywords: child development; developmental milestones; developmental risk factors; health hazards; social adjustment


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About the article

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

Received: 2014-12-23

Accepted: 2015-03-18

Published Online: 2015-05-13

Published in Print: 2016-05-01

Citation Information: International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health, Volume 28, Issue 2, Pages 127–131, ISSN (Online) 2191-0278, ISSN (Print) 0334-0139, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ijamh-2014-0084.

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