Arch Dis Child 98:2 doi:10.1136/archdischild-2012-302523
  • Editorials

Adolescents’ health needs: the same the world over

  1. Russell M Viner
  1. General & Adolescent Paediatrics Unit, UCL Institute of Child Health, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Professor Russell M Viner, General & Adolescent Paediatrics Unit, UCL Institute of Child Health, 30 Guildford Street, London WC1N 1EH, UK; r.viner{at}
  • Received 22 October 2012
  • Revised 22 October 2012
  • Accepted 4 November 2012
  • Published Online First 26 November 2012

Tsai et al 1 write that Taiwanese adolescents report very similar health needs, concerns and sources of information to young people from the UK, Australia, the USA and Europe. Key health concerns for Taiwanese young people are weight and shape, stress related to school and emotional wellbeing as well as sexual health and substance use. Parents were the primary source of health information, alongside teachers, peers and the mass media.1

As noted above, these findings are strikingly familiar to previous findings from developed Western countries.2 ,3 This suggests that young people's health needs are probably very similar across rich countries worldwide. Cultural differences are undoubtedly important; Taiwanese young people reported fewer concerns about sexual health and substance use than would be seen in …

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