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November 25, 2019

First off, what is the adolescent phase?

Adolescence is a critical period of cognitive, emotional, physical, and sexual development. During this period, your child is going through several changes. Some of these changes are more apparent than others, especially when it comes to their health. The adolescent period is an open window to new opportunities and finding possible solutions to health complications that typically begin at this early stage.

Below are Psychologist Jean Piaget’s stages of cognitive development in the adolescent phase. In the first stage, your child begins to experience the world through their senses and actions. In the second stage, your child is representing things with words and images, but lacking logical reasoning. The third stage, is where the child thinks logically about concrete events: grasping concrete analogies and performing arithmetical operations. The final stage, is where your child begins to develop abstract reasoning and enters adulthood.

 

Participating in a research study

The majority of us wish that our children would stay young forever, but the reality of life takes us all in a different direction. As Piaget’s diagram shows, the final stages of adolescence deals with the period of entering into adulthood. Our jobs as parents is to monitor their health before and after they enter this stage.

It is the responsibility of those conducting clinical research to ensure the safety and confidentiality of their participants. Participating in a study is not as intimidating as it may sound. If anything you might find that participating in a study is quite simple and less nerve-wracking than going for that annual check-up. Our children deserve the best care available, and if current treatment options to any conditions they are experiencing are not enough, then looking to clinical trials might be beneficial!

Some of the benefits of enrolling your child in a study include the following:

  • To obtain education about treatment/improving child’s health 
  • To advance medicine or science 
  • To help other kids with the condition 
  • To obtain free medication for your child  

Looking further

The future of our children and their health are what we consider to be a major priority. Why not help them participate in a study that is free of cost, and can potentially lead to treatments to conditions? Isn’t it better to find possible solutions now then wait? As mentioned, although some of us may want to, our children won’t stay young forever. ActivMed Practices and Research Inc. is constantly enrolling studies for children ages 6 and up. One of our main focuses for children is dermatology. For our pediatric psoriasis trials in Portsmouth, NH learn more here. For our Pediatric eczema trial in Portsmouth, NH click here 🙂 To find out more about our Beverly, MA pediatric psoriasis trial click here. 🙂

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