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International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health

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Volume 28, Issue 3 (Aug 2016)


Adolescent health in Asia: insights from India

Mona M. Basker
  • Corresponding author
  • Adolescent Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Christian Medical College, Vellore, TN, India
  • Email:
Published Online: 2016-07-22 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ijamh-2016-5017


Adolescents living in the Indian subcontinent form a significant proportion of the general population. India is home to 236 million adolescents, who make up one-fifth of the total population of India. Adolescent health is gradually considered an important issue by the government of India. Awareness is increasing about adolescent needs. Health care professionals in particular are becoming more interested in the specific needs of adolescent age. Adolescent medicine as a subspecialty of pediatrics has also gained importance gradually over the last decade. In a hospital setting, adolescent-specific needs are met, albeit not in a uniform manner in all the health centers. After having been trained in adolescent medicine in India and abroad, I present this paper as a bird’s eye view of the practice of adolescent health and medicine in India.

Keywords: adolescent medicine; adolescents; health; India


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About the article

Corresponding author: Mona M. Basker, MBBS, MD, DCH, Adolescent Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Christian Medical College, Vellore, TN, India, E-mail:

Received: 2015-01-12

Accepted: 2015-03-11

Published Online: 2016-07-22

Published in Print: 2016-08-01

Citation Information: International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health, ISSN (Online) 2191-0278, ISSN (Print) 0334-0139, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ijamh-2016-5017. Export Citation

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