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Guidelines for Adolescent Preventive Services

The American Medical Association (AMA) has prepared a set of recommendations that provides a framework for the organization and content of preventive services for adolescents. The recommendations, Guidelines for Adolescent Preventive Services (GAPS) (1), are intended for primary-care physicians and other health-care providers and were developed with funding from CDC's Division of Adolescent and School Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

GAPS is unique because the recommendations emphasize health guidance and the prevention of behavioral and emotional disorders in addition to traditional biomedical conditions. Health guidance encompasses the provision of health education, health counseling, and anticipatory guidance (i.e., providing health messages to children, adolescents, and parents about developmental changes and what to anticipate when they occur). Single copies of the recommendations can be obtained at no cost from the AMA, Department of Adolescent Health, 515 North State Street, Chicago, IL 60610; telephone (312) 464-5570.


  1. Department of Adolescent Health, American Medical Association. Guidelines for adolescent preventive services. Chicago: American Medical Association, 1992.

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