7.4.2. Connectedness and positive contribution to society

Prolonged isolation and hospitalization have substantial psychosocial and emotional impacts on adolescents, for whom peer and family relationships are critical from a developmental standpoint. TB-related stigma impacts on adolescents’ well-being and ability to engage with TB services. Family and peer relationships may, in turn, be disrupted or strained by isolation, separation or the effects of stigma.

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