Social Determinants of Health: Risks and Vulnerability in Adolescence

  • Maria Isabelly Fernandes da Costa Federal University of Ceara
  • Izaildo Tavares Luna Federal University of Ceara
  • Patrícia Neyva da Costa Pinheiro Federal University of Ceara
  • Raelson Ribeiro Rodrigues Federal University of Ceara
  • Neiva Francenely Cunha Vieira Federal University of Ceara
  • Fabiane do Amaral Gubert Federal University of Ceara


INTRODUCTION: Social determinants are understood as the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age, reflecting positively or negatively in their lives. This is seen mainly in adolescents, leaving them susceptible to risks and vulnerabilities that are associated with social inequities, The study of them allows us to identify the influence of these determinants in adolescence. This study aimed to analyze the Social Determinants of Health: Risks and Vulnerabilities in Adolescence through established categories. METHODS: Critical analysis about the social determinants of health and the risks and vulnerabilities in adolescence. There was division into two categories: Risk and Vulnerability in Adolescence and Social Determinants of Health in Adolescence, which identified their most relevant aspects. RESULTS: The abuse of alcohol and drugs, labor exploitation, violence, unplanned pregnancy and infection by STD / HIV / AIDS were the main risks and vulnerabilities found in adolescence, and those were influenced by social determinants of health. CONCLUSION: Health inequities are complex issues that permeate many aspects, both individually and collectively. Although there are policies for the care of adolescent health, there is the need for effective strategies or new empathic and active policies to minimize damages and to provide quality of life as well as the reduction of health inequities. 

Aug 8, 2016
How to Cite
COSTA, Maria Isabelly Fernandes da et al. Social Determinants of Health: Risks and Vulnerability in Adolescence. International Archives of Medicine, [S.l.], v. 9, aug. 2016. ISSN 1755-7682. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 01 mar. 2021. doi:
Global Health & Health Policy


Adolescents; Social Determinants of Health; Risks; Vulnerability; Health.

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