volume 19, issue 4, P193-203 1998
DOI: 10.2500/108854198778557809
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Abstract: Adolescence is a time of increased stress because of intellectual, physical, and sexual maturity culminating in a desire for autonomy. Chronic asthma is perceived as a burden handicapping autonomy. This is apparent in the impairment of athletic and social activity. Furthermore, there is the requirement for inhaled medications that are perceived as hampering crucial peer identification. Nonadherence is epidemic, best resolved by empathetic rapport with the adolescent, family, and peer group while maintaining th…

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