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Hispanic/Latino boy living in a middle-class suburb, a risk assessment that could be beneficial duringhistory review, and targeted questions the provider might ask the patient.Communication TechniquesAdolescents as a population come with multiple barriers to communication as they seek todiscover personal identity and societal placement. Physical and psychosocial changes occur rapidly andthe tendency to experiment or engage in risky behavior occurs. Providers should use privateconversations away from caregivers or parents and provide a “safe space” for voicing of questions orconcerns. Adolescents are often reluctant to voice needs or difficulties leading to the necessity ofrelationship building involving nonjudgmental trust and privacy (Olejniczak, Otalora-Fadner, Hanna,
Hudson, et.al., 2015). Open ended questions demonstrating interest is a positive technique that can beused when speaking with an adolescent or teen. Other techniques can include questionnaires given tothe teen prior to the office visit allowing for the patient to write in concerns or topics for discussion in aprivate setting.