Adolescents have many stresses, and some that are more prominent in youth are bullying, especially cyberbullying, and peer pressure from friends or romantic partners. With the rise of social media, there has been a rise in cyberbullying. Bullying in any form tends to lead to depression which can lead to teen suicide (Falkner, 2018). Peer pressure is another form of stress that is more prominent in younger children and teens. In teens it can lead to pressure to have early sexual experiences and substance abuse.
Nurses, especially school and public health nurses are poised to give help to these special patients by developing trusting relationships with them, working with their parents, and providing resources and education to the teen (Falkner, 2018). School districts can buy programs that teach prevention programs to reduce the incidence of cyberbullying and teen suicide (Falkner, 2018). Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), can provide many mental health services to teens and their families regarding substance abuse and suicide prevention (Falkner, 2018). Parents should be taught to monitor social media accounts and teen phones to help prevent these issues from occurring (Falkner, 2018). Nurses and schools should be giving teens proper sex education to help them prevent undesirable consequences of sex and sexual relationships (Falkner, 2018).
Falkner, A., (2018). Adolescent assessment. In Health assessment: foundations for effective practice. Retrieved from https://lc.gcumedia.com/nrs434vn/health-assessment-foundations-for-effective-practice/v1.1/#/chapter/3
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