- Subject index
Key Concepts in Public Health identifies fifty key concepts used across the discipline of public health in order to give the reader a broad perspective of the core topics relevant to training and practice. From epidemiology to health promotion, and ethics to leadership, the book offers an exciting guide to the multiprofessional field. Each entry features a snapshot definition of the concept, a broader discussion addressing the main issues and links to practice, key points relevant to the entry, case studies to illustrate the application to practice, and examples of further reading.
Chapter 45: Public Health and Young People
Public Health and Young People
When considering the definition of ‘young people’, one needs to take into account the context of youth within society. According to Firth (2005) youth is a sociological category rather than a biological one. However, the World Health Organization (WHO, 1993) primarily uses a biological approach when it defines ‘young people’ as being between the ages of 10 and 24 years, and the term ‘adolescence’ as applying to the years from 10 to 19, with ‘youth’ determined as within the age range [Page 247]of 15 and 24 years. The WHO (2004) however recognises the limitations of using chronological definitions as they often fail to reflect the biological, psychological and social factors that influence the period of ...