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The management of adolescent health and social problems requires that these problems can be detected in the first place. Furthermore, detection alone is not sufficient to address the problems once they are highlighted. For these reasons, the Adolescent Health and Social Problems Scale (AHSP) was developed and validated. Importantly, unlike other similar instruments, the AHSP has shown to be effective in combination with a tailored management program (Wasson et al., 1995). This approach ensures that detection is coupled with an effective follow-up to address the underlying issues highlighted in the questionnaire.
Author of Tool:
Wasson, J. H., Kairys, S. K., Nelson, E. C., Kalishman, C., Baribeau, P., Wasson, E., for the Dartmouth Primary Care Cooperative Information Project (COOP)
Wasson, J. H., Kairys, S. K., Nelson, E. C., Kalishman, C., Baribeau, P., Wasson, E. (1995). Adolescent Health and Social Problems: A Method for Detection and Early Management. Arch Fam Med, 4, 51-56.
Primary use / Purpose:
The Adolescent Health and Social Problems Scale (AHSP) is a thirty-item qustionnaire covering 6 domains: Physical Fitness, Emotional Feelings, School Work, Social Support, Family Communications, and Health Habbits. The purpose of the instrument is to aid in the early detection of adolescent health and social problems which often go undetected and untreated.