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Youth (Ages 13-24)

Adolescence is a time of changing social roles, relationships, experiences and expectations. It's a time for developing skills for healthy adulthood and experimentation in activities that may have a positive or negative health impact. Positive behaviour patterns prevent chronic health issues later in life.


Parenting Styles

Parenting styles impact children and youth. There is no single right way to be a parent. It's up to you to develop your own approach to parenting.

Growth and Development

While every young person will grow and develop differently, there are certain events and changes that happen to everyone. Understanding these changes or stages of development, will help you to promote healthy growth and development in youth and identify any supports that they may need


During adolescence youth develop:

  • A sense of identity
  • Competency
  • Make transitions from school to employment
  • Participate in their community
  • Prepare for personal relationships

Youth engagement, resiliency and developmental assets are important building blocks for our young people. Youth who are engaged in meaningful activities broaden their perspectives of issues, develop new ideas and gain wonderful experiences. These opportunities are beneficial for the youth, their families, their peers and all of society. 





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Child and Youth Program Team at the Middlesex-London Health Unit

  • 519-663-5317 ext. 3060
Date of creation: February 22, 2013
Last modified on: May 28, 2018


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