Adolescents with life-threatening illnesses


Abstract:  Adolescents have unique physical and psychosocial needs. Adolescents
want to gain autonomy, yet they must still rely on their parents for
support. These unique needs are further complicated by a life-
threatening illness. Adolescents with life-threatening illnesses must rely
on their parents, due to legal aspects of decision making, and they also
face potential loss of peer interaction as they spend more time in
hospitals and away from their friends. Adolescents may also be
concerned with fertility, reproduction, and sexuality, issues that are
often not addressed in palliative care programs. To meet the unique
needs of adolescents, specific palliative care programs may need to be


The American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care


Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2010;27(2):139-44

Resource Type:

Journal Article


Knapp C, Quinn GP, Murphy D, Brown R, Madden V