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date: 22 November 2017

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Although much has been learned about global adolescence and especially global adolescent health over the past decade, research has focused more on minority than majority world adolescents. Furthermore, more attention to adolescents has been paid by global policy and practice organizations than by researchers. Young people aged 10–24 years constitute 25% of the global population and demand our best research efforts. Although significant, global statistics fail to convey the importance of cultural and social contexts for their roles in shaping adolescent health and development. This chapter attempts to summarize what is known from global research and complements this relatively disembedded information with culturally embedded knowledge from India.

Keywords: context, culture, positive youth development, demographic opportunity, India, reproductive health, mental health, HIV/AIDS, interventions

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