Select four acute and/or chronic adolescent gender-specific physical health conditions to discuss that are NOT the result of behavioral or gender choice issues, 2 specific to boys and 2 specific to girls. Discuss student attitude towards their condition and issues regarding responsibility for self-care. Discuss the role of the school nurse and an appropriate theory that could be applied. (Text: Selekman.)
Adolescent Health Conditions
Both boys and girls experience a transition stage in their life that is characterized by physical and psychological developments. In the United States, the stage ranges between 10-19 years. The adolescents’ androgen hormones surges spur secondary physical developments which can be acute (lasting on for short period of time during adolescence), or chronic (persisting up to adulthood) (Marcell& Ellen,2012).
Chronic physical health conditions in boys
The production of testosterone hormone in boys increases their muscles strength and broadens the shoulders. This enables them to acquire an ideal male body shape as they advance towards adult stage. During skeletal growth phase in boys, muscle fibers increase in length and girth causing the chest size to widen (Marcell& Ellen, 2012).
In addition, the boy’s testicles and the scrotum enlarge and the penis grows in size. The testes start spe