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Treating the College-age Patient 

Treating the College-age Patient
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Treating the College-age Patient
Author(s):

Lisa R. Hale

and Kathryn D. Kriegshauser

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199395125.003.0008
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date: 07 April 2020

As the number and diversity of those enrolling in higher education has increased, so too has the mental health needs of student bodies. Although the young adult age group still comprises the majority of college students, a broad range of demographics brings unique and evolving challenges to considering the needs of a modern student health system. Presentation factors such as maturity levels, support networks, history and severity of mental health issues, and independence in decision making and adherence may all influence outreach and clinical care efforts. Crucial issues including coordination of systems involved in student care, steps in assessment and treatment planning, privacy constraints, and aspects of family involvement are discussed.

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