Health rights of teens are important for every parent to understand. A major task during the teen years is to navigate the balance between autonomy and parental support. Developmentally, teenagers are going through the process of maturing: they shift from concrete to more abstract thinking, they question boundaries, and they start to take responsibility for their own health.
This time can be amazingly fun and extremely challenging at the same time. When it comes to health, teens may seek medical care less often, but when they go, they’ll often be accompanied by parents. The question I hear from teens and parents alike is “How old do I need to be to consent for my own health care? Do I need to be 18?” My answer is “It depends.” Read full post »