Adolescent/Teen Medicine - Information & Resources

The adolescent years can be challenging for both the adolescent and their parents.   These years are considered a transitional stage of physical and psychological development and can lead to many questions and concerns.  TCFAP believes that empowering families with the skills and knowledge to be active participants in their children’s healthy development is important.  We focus on prevention based care and age appropriate education for all our patients.  We believe that while the adolescent years are ones of growing independence, they do not have to face all the challenges alone.


Below find several resources for you and your teen, including typical screening tests at adolescent visits, a list of TCFAP specialists and programs that are available to all our maturing adolescents, relevant websites and recommended books.


Screening Tests for Adolescent Visits


The following are some screening tests administered to our teenage population.  Some are universal while others are selective depending on identified risks.


Vision and hearing

Anemia Screening and Testing

Tuberculosis Screening and Testing if appropriate

Dyslipidemia (Cholesterol and lipid blood tests)

Vitamin D

Gonorrhea and Chlamydia Urine Testing (universal over age 15)

STI’s – Sexually Transmitted Infection


Cervical Dysplasia ("pap")

Alcohol and Drug Use

Mental health screening tools including the PSC*, Teen Screen*, and H.E.A.D.S.S. (see below for description of these mental health tools)



Administered to 11-12 y/o.  It is an evidence based tool used by health care providers to improve the recognition and treatment of psycho social problems in children. It is a one page questionnaire listing a broad range of children's emotional and behavioral problems that reflect parent's impressions of their child's psychosocial functioning.  The screen is intended to facilitate the recognition of emotional and behavioral problems so that appropriate interventions can be initiated as soon as possible.


*Teen Screen

Another evidence-based screening tool that is completed by the teenager themselves.  It is designed to detect a broad range of behavioral and psychosocial problems in youth.  In order to obtain honest answers, patients should be left alone to complete the questionnaire in a private environment and will be informed of their rights regarding confidentiality before the questionnaire is administered.



This is a confidential screening tool and is considered as important as the physical exam.  It is a psychosocial review of systems that addresses the home environment, education, peer-related activities, drugs, sexuality, suicide, depression, and safety from injury and violence.

TCFAP Specialists & Programs

Recommended Websites and articles



Nemours is a large pediatric health system that has an on line teen and parent health web site.







Recommended Books