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These videos are part of the multimedia publication Reaching Teens: Strength-based…, Edited by Kenneth R. Ginsburg, MD, MS Ed, FAAP, FSAHM and Sara B. Kinsman, MD, PhD. Copyright © 2014 American Academy of Pediatrics.


The latest update to the HEEADSSS psychosocial interview for adolescents includes new questions on electronic media use in addition to its time-tested strategies for identifying the critical stressors that affect the overall well-being of teenaged patients.
Do you find it difficult to have trusting relationships with your adolescent patients? Are you sometimes afraid to find out too much? The author explains how to open up conversations by focusing on the teenager's strengths—and how rewarding the results can be.
A structured psychosocial interview allows you to assess if, and how, a male teenager's lifestyle or home and school environment pose a risk to his mental and physical health. The authors show you the right questions to ask and how to ask them—the keys to getting your patient to open up.
For today's teenagers, a psychosocial review of systems is at least as important as the physical exam. The popular and effective HEADSS method of interviewing has been expanded.
For most young people, adolescence is a time of growth and development, not of illness. When illness occurs, it is often related to the increased risk-taking behavior that is part of the normal adolescent process of exploration.