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This report summarizes the results of a meeting of experts in the area of Indian adolescent health and wellness. The group produced a consensus statement described in this final report. The Adolescent Health Roundtable participants refocused the mission of the roundtable from ""Adolescent Health"" to ""Adolescent Wellness."" There was agreement among the participants that the term ""health"" is too often defined with statistics of morbidity and mortality indicating the absence of health. The group took the position that Indian adolescent wellness is much more than the disease and death statistics; the wellness of Indian adolescents is very much influenced by other aspects of family and community life.Understanding the historical, spiritual, and psychosocial factors affecting Indian adolescent wellness was the foundation for this Roundtable\'s consensus statements.

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Indian Health Service, Office of Public Health, Rockville, MD 20857.