Health and Wellness Issues

Understanding Science, Society, and Yourself

by Maxine Taylor, Richard Crume, Mark Goldstein, Justine J. Reel, and Mega Subramaniam, Editors


From deadly epidemics to rising health care costs, from abuse of drugs and alcohol to the devastating effects of bullying, the many issues that impact health and well-being are critically important, both to individuals and to society as a whole.

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Health and Wellness Issues: Understanding Science, Society, and Yourself dives deep into today's top health-related issues, exploring their historical contexts, current complexities, impacts on physical and mental well-being, and global reach. Authoritative yet accessible reference content includes the insightful perspectives of a diverse group of experts, giving students the full picture on complex and controversial concepts. Through its collection of carefully curated primary and secondary sources, this multifaceted database offers students a rich resource for school learning and research as well as personal explorations.


  • Houses more than 2,500 reference entries covering well-being and physical, mental, and social health, with additional content added monthly
  • Focuses on more than 65 key health-related issues, offering in-depth explorations of topics that matter most to teens
  • Includes detailed explanations of the structure and function of all 14 major body systems, augmented with stunning anatomical illustrations
  • Provides two dozen Perspectives that feature scholars' insights on a wide variety of controversies and debates, fostering critical thinking and analytical skills among students
  • Features monthly commentaries written by a professional advisory board that help contextualize current health news
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Advisory Board

Maxine Taylor is the Senior Acquisitions Editor for health and psychology reference projects at ABC-CLIO and leads the company's electronic program in health issues. She received her BA in literature from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and has worked in publishing and as a freelance writer/editor for more than 12 years, contributing to a variety of print and electronic products. She is also a certified technical writer.

Richard Crume is an environmental engineer, educator, and journalist with over 40 years of experience in the environmental health field. He previously directed program planning and budgeting for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) national air quality office, where he received the agency's highest honor award, the Gold Medal for Exceptional Service, as well as the prestigious Suzanne E. Olive Award for Exemplary Leadership. He also taught air pollution and climate change classes at North Carolina A&T State University, served as Principal Engineer at the Parson's Corporation, and was a senior environmental manager at two international nonprofit research institutes. Crume has authored nearly 100 professional publications and presentations and has given expert seminars on air quality, climate change, and green buildings at a number of universities and the World Bank. Additionally, because of his expertise on environmental policy and regulation, he was invited to Tel Aviv to advise the Israeli government on developing their clean air legislation. Crume is currently working with the American Public Health Association (APHA) to develop a national policy on air pollution and the Clean Air Act.

Mark Allan Goldstein, MD, is the founding chief of the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Goldstein has held local, regional, and national positions in respect to the health of adolescents and young adults in organizations including the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Massachusetts Medical Society. He has published widely in journals, including The New England Journal of Medicine, Pediatrics, Journal of Adolescent Health, Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, and Academic Psychiatry. Dr. Goldstein has authored, co-authored, or served as editor of 14 books, including Controversies in Food and Nutrition (Greenwood, 2002) that won a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title award, Mental Health Disorders in Adolescents (Rutgers University Press, 2011), and The MassGeneral Hospital for Children Adolescent Medicine Handbook, 2nd edition (Springer, 2017). He currently is working on a book reviewing the neurobiology of adolescent and young adult behaviors.

Justine J. Reel, PhD, serves as Associate Dean of Research and Innovation and Professor at the University of North Carolina–Wilmington. She received her PhD in Exercise Science from the University of North Carolina–Greensboro. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and certified sport psychology consultant who has treated clients with eating disorders in residential and outpatient settings. She is the author of The Hidden Faces of Eating Disorders and Body Image (Amer Alliance for Health Physical, 2009), Eating Disorders: An Encyclopedia of Causes, Treatment, and Prevention (Greenwood, 2013), Working Out: The Psychology of Sport and Exercise (Greenwood, 2015), and Filling Up: The Psychology of Eating (Greenwood, 2016). She currently serves on the Rooted Recovery and SPEAK (Students Promoting Eating Disorder Awareness and Knowledge) advisory boards.

Mega Subramaniam, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the College of Information Studies, and Associate Director of the Information Policy and Access Center (iPAC) at the University of Maryland–College Park. She received her PhD in Information Studies from Florida State University. Dr. Subramaniam's research focuses on enhancing the role of libraries in fostering the mastery of new media and emerging literacies so essential to STEM learning among underserved young people. She served as the lead investigator for the National Library of Medicine–funded HackHealth after-school program, designed to devise innovative ways to assist young people with digital literacy skills that are necessary for health literacy development. She currently serves as a board member for the Young Adults Library Services Association (YALSA) (a division within the American Library Association) and co-chairs the International Relations Committee for ASIS&T. She is the co-editor of the School Library Research Journal.

Topic Centers


Diet and Lifestyle
• Diabetes
• Food Safety
• Gaming Addiction
• Genetically Modified Foods
• Healthy Eating Approaches
• Internet Safety
• Nutrition Labeling
• Obesity Epidemic
• Organic Movement
• Sedentary Lifestyles
• Sleep Deficit
• Special Diets
• Sustainable Agriculture
• Youth Sports
Environmental and Public Health
• Air Pollution
• Antibiotic Resistance
• Anti-Vaccination Movement
• Emergency Management
• Epidemics and Pandemics
• Indoor Pollution
• Waste Management
Mental, Emotional, and Social Health
• Anxiety
• Body Image
• Bullying
• Clinical Depression
• College Stress
• Cutting and Self-Injury
• Cyber Socializing
• Cyber Bullying
• Eating Disorders
• Family Stress
• Peer Pressure
• Rise in ADHD Diagnoses
• Suicide
• Support Systems
Violence, Abuse, and Discrimination
• Child Abuse
• Child Sexual Abuse
• Disability Rights
• Domestic Violence
• Rape
• School Violence
Drugs and Alcohol
• Alcohol Abuse
• Binge Drinking
• Drug Abuse
• Impaired Driving
• Marijuana Legalization
• Performance-Enhancing Drugs
• Prescription Drug Abuse
• Smoking
Medical Care and Treatments
• Alternative Medicine
• Cosmetic Surgery
• Euthanasia and the Right to Die
• Gene Therapy
• Genetic Screening
• Health Care
• Medical Tourism
• Pseudoscience
• Rising Medical Costs
• Stem Cell Research
Sexual Health and Identity
• Abortion
• AIDS Treatment
• Early and Delayed Puberty
• Gay and Lesbian Rights
• Same-Sex Marriage
• Sex Education in Schools
• Teen Pregnancy
• Transgender Rights


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