Indonesia is experiencing a rapid change in the pattern of disease as a result of an increasing number of non-communicable diseases (NCD) compared to the burden of communicable diseases. Adolescence is a critical period for encouraging the adoption of healthy lifestyle behaviours that will optimise prevention of non-communicable diseases in adolescence and across the life course.
This is important for all adolescents but is particularly so for adolescents with chronic illness or special healthcare needs who experience greater health risks including poor mental health outcomes, overweight and obesity, and substance use. The quality of parenting and the strength of the parent-adolescent relationship is known to have a significant impact on the development of healthy lifestyles and for supporting and protecting adolescents with chronic illness or special needs.
This project aims to identify the support needed by parents of adolescents, including parents of adolescents with chronic illnesses or special needs, to improve their adolescent parenting skills around healthy lifestyles and NCD prevention.