Adolescence is often a difficult time of transition for boys with hemophilia. Many have felt overprotected by their parents and might rebel and take risks with their health and safety. While this is a normal characteristic of adolescence, risk-taking can become more significant for an adolescent with hemophilia because of the increased potential for serious harm.
Adolescents with hemophilia might react to their disorder in ways similar to those of parents of a newly diagnosed infant. Anger and denial might cause increases in risk-taking and attempts to avoid appropriate treatment.
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