Published online Jun 14, 2011. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v17.i22.2691
Revised: April 2, 2010
Accepted: April 9, 2010
Published online: June 14, 2011
Adolescents with inflammatory bowel disease face daily and long-term challenges that may be difficult for teenagers to manage. The developmental and psychosocial changes unique to this age group include becoming more autonomous and being more vulnerable to peer influence. These changes may lead to problems in medical management such as poor medication adherence and risky behavior. Being aware of these issues will help the medical team provide anticipatory guidance to address these concerns.