In this section
The World Health Organization defines
adolescent as 10–19 years, youth as 15–24 years and young people as 10–24
developmental issues include physical and cognitive transitions, emergent
agency, autonomy and independence, personal identity and body image, peer
relationships, recreational/educational/vocational goals, and sexuality.
Adolescents of refugee-like background experience all these transitions in
addition to the transitions of resettlement. They face balancing the
values/expectations of their parents/cultural background with those of their
new peers, while developing their own identity and learning a new language, in
a new schooling system, in a new country.
see the adolescent health clinical practice guideline and the refugee health initial assessment. The following points are useful strategies for working
with adolescents who arrived as refugees or seeking asylum.
see initial assessment for initial refugee health screening tests and catch-up
screening can be used to assess adolescent psychosocial health:
Resources are grouped alphabetically by topic area.
Immigrant health clinic resources: authors Georgie Paxton, Dan Mason and Karen Kiang, last update June 2020. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.