About

Health and Wellness Issues

This database helps students develop an in-depth understanding of a variety of health and wellness topics, providing authoritative historical context, expert perspectives, and carefully selected primary and secondary sources on today's most important health and wellness issues.

Database Content Selection and Curation

ABC-CLIO is an award-winning publisher of reference, contemporary thought, and professional development content, created to help students, educators,librarians, and general readers of all ages wrestle with complex challenges. Throughout our history, we have invested resources in the development of new content genres, giving our diverse customer and reader communities the opportunity to explore deep factual treatments of the topics that matter, and delivering the most current scholarship and perspectives on those topics.

Our experienced editorial staff compiles database content from a variety of sources, including ABC-CLIO’s award-winning books, recognized scholars and writers in various fields, educators, and professional development specialists. Our curriculum content includes Topic Essentials video presentations developed with the guidance of master teachers. Our master teachers are at the top of their fields, with decades of combined teaching experience. All content is aligned to state and national standards, including Common Core, American Association of School Librarians, and the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework.

Some of the materials we present in our Commentaries and other curriculum pieces blend scholarly hypotheses with supporting evidence. They are designed to teach students the art of formulating informed theses and to stimulate discussion of the arguments presented. Our expert authors are asked to craft well-reasoned arguments from their particular points of view. As a result, these pieces can be challenging, even controversial. The opinions represented do not necessarily reflect the opinions of ABC-CLIO staff.

Our databases comprise hundreds of thousands of entries; each piece of content is reviewed by multiple editorial staff to ensure content is age-appropriate to the database it is in (Schools or Academic). In our database coverage, we strive to include the voices, stories, and experiences of a wide diversity of peoples, including the stories of those that have been historically underrepresented.

Objectivity and Review

Objectivity and balance are always of the utmost importance to our staff, both in writing pieces and editing work submitted by contributors. We are guided by our editorial boards and advisers, as well as our own editorial policies and fact-checking procedures. Recognizing that every person has inherent bias, we strive toward creating and curating content that is as factual and as free of bias as possible, and have included bias checks and balances as an essential part of our editorial review.

Content Warnings

As a reference publisher, ABC-CLIO aims to present impartial, scholar-driven content supplemented by full collections of primary sources in their original forms. These sources offer historical context and value in enhancing students' understanding of how modern ideas, beliefs, and societal structures are influenced by our past—including prejudices and biases. Primary sources, as fragments of history, often reflect attitudes and values of individuals in particular time periods. Acknowledging dehumanizing language, for example, can be an important part of understanding historical events.

Some of this content may be upsetting or disturbing to modern readers, but we have avoided censoring such terminology in order to both retain historical accuracy and to offer opportunities for students to make connections between past attitudes and ideas, and their roles in shaping many contemporary issues in American society.

We flag instances of harmful terminology and potentially disturbing images with content warnings and encourage teachers to set guidelines for approaching such content in the classroom, especially where material may be quoted or read out loud.

Translations, Closed Captions, and Transcripts

Translations, closed captions, and transcripts are provided by a third-party service to improve accessibility and usage for all users. ABC-CLIO does not review all of the technology-generated content of translations, closed captions, or transcripts and they may contain errors. ABC-CLIO makes no representations or warranties about the accuracy, reliability, timeliness or completeness of any information that appears, and expressly disclaims any responsibility or liability with respect to any errors or omissions.

Disclaimer

This database discusses treatments (including types of medication and mental health therapies), diagnostic tests for various symptoms and mental health disorders, and organizations. ABC-CLIO and its authors and editors have made every effort to present accurate and up-to-date information. However, the information in this database is not intended to recommend or endorse particular treatments or organizations, or substitute for the care or medical advice of a qualified health professional, or used to alter any medical therapy without a medical doctor's advice. Specific situations may require specific therapeutic approaches not included in this database. For those reasons, we recommend that readers follow the advice of qualified health care professionals directly involved in their care. Readers who suspect they may have specific medical problems should consult a physician about any suggestions made in this database.

Questions and Feedback

Drop us a line if you have any questions on the specific editorial policies of any of our Schools or Academic Databases at: customerservice@abc-clio.com.

Click here to learn more about ABC-CLIO's Mission and Vision


The Health and Wellness Issues Team

Editorial
Judy Fay, Sr. Director, Solutions
Julie Dunbar, Manager, Editorial Development
Nita Lang, Editorial Specialist
Jennifer Hutchinson, Sr. Writer/Editor
Tamara Johnson, Writer/Editor
Ellen Rasmussen, Sr. Media Editor

Technical
Troy Martin, Vice President, Operations
Susan Basch, Sr. Developer
Chris Martinich, Developer
Eelco Vrolijk, Sr. Developer
Neal Schaefer, Director, Product and Content Management Systems

Photo Credits: Home Page Carousel
Body Systems—Andrea Obzerova/Dreamstime.com
Drugs and Alcohol—Prairie Art Project/iStockphoto.com
Environmental and Public Health—HABY/iStockphoto.com
Diet and Lifestyle—Sam74100/Dreamstime.com
Medical Care and Treatments—BraunS/iStockphoto.com
Mental, Emotional, and Social Health—Stokkete/Dreamstime.com
Sexual Heath and Identity— FotografiaBasica/iStockphoto.com
Violence, Abuse, and Discrimination—Allen Tannenbaum/Getty images