All About Adolescence

Adolescence describes the teenage years between 13 and 19 and can be considered the transitional stage from childhood to adulthood. However, the physical and psychological changes that occur in adolescence can start earlier, during the preteen or "tween" years (ages 9 through 12). Adolescence can be a time of both disorientation and discovery. The transitional period can bring up issues of independence and self-identity; many adolescents and their peers face tough choices regarding schoolwork, sexuality, drugs, alcohol, and social life. Peer groups, romantic interests and external appearance tend to naturally increase in importance for some time during a teen's journey toward adulthood.

Recent Posts on Adolescence

Is Failure the New Black in Parenting?

By Richard Rende Ph.D. on November 28, 2015 Inside Parenting
Telling parents to back off and let their kids fail may sound very hip, but there's a hitch in the daily experience of being a kid. It's called a grade.

What If Your Mom Wore a Bone in Her Nose?

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on November 26, 2015 Creating in Flow
When an anthropologist goes native and marries a woman from the Amazonian Rainforest, their son's story of growing up makes for fascinating reading.

Why and How to Practice Gratitude

Do you find yourself losing sight of what the holidays are all about? Check out these few tips on how to get back to practicing gratitude.

My Husband Is an Ineffective Father

"I can't take it anymore. I want to walk away."

Does Faking a Fake World Make It Real?

When "fake" means "real," what are kids to think? And the rest of us?

The End of Rural Communities: Why Young People Leave

Research shows that young people prefer to remain in their rural communities if they have access to education and employment opportunities. It will take governments and the private sector to build resilient rural spaces that stop out-migration.

What to Do if Your Kid Is a Sociopath?

Recent neuroscience suggests there might be hope.

Examining the Effects of Mobile Phones on Kids and Teens

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on November 20, 2015 Sleep Newzzz
Navigating technology with children and teenagers isn’t easy, especially when it comes to nighttime and sleep.

Teaching Tolerance in a Time of Terror

It may seem easy to counteract chaos and unrest resulting from terrorist attacks by pointing fingers at entire groups. We need to be clear about what such stances communicate especially to our children.

Five Ways to Teach Children About Gratitude

By Kyle D. Pruett M.D. on November 19, 2015 Once Upon a Child
Help your children appreciate life this Thanksgiving.

The Trigger That Pulls the Finger

Guns aren’t simply a ready instrument of violence, but can incite it as well.

Student Protests and Omnipotent Control

By Carrie Barron M.D. on November 19, 2015 The Creativity Cure
College student protests, anger, power and tearing down the holding environment.

Teen Sexting vs. Child Pornography

The simple truth is teen sexting is relatively common — a fact that really shouldn’t surprise anyone. I mean, weren’t we all teenagers once upon a time, with raging hormones and bad ideas and weird thoughts about what is and isn’t appropriate sexual behavior?

Why Are Kids Sexting?

By Leonard Sax M.D., Ph.D. on November 17, 2015 Sax on Sex
Why do girls and boys send sexy photos? The answers for girls are different from the answers for boys.

How Can We Support Asperger's Students In Their Schools?

When do we stop blaming students with Asperger's and start helping them find their own way!?

How to Persuade Defiant Teens Without Aggression

Certain types of beliefs promote or hinder access to solution-focused thinking, and a commitment to a non-aggression principle is a belief that promotes greater access to peaceful and effective solutions during conflicts.

Some Parenting Practices With Your Adolescent to Consider

The approaches parents use to stay meaningfully and influentially connected to their adolescent are numerous, and necessarily so in a relationship that never stops growing in complexity.

Fathers and Daughters

By Nick Luxmoore on November 14, 2015 Young People Up Close
Growing older, daughters need their fathers differently.

When 12 Feels Like 20

Kids today are growing up faster than ever before. Perhaps the greatest irony is that while our kids seem more mature, earlier, many of us strive to remain young. 40 is the new 30 and 50 is the new 40. At the rate our tweens are growing up and we're trying to stay young, you have to figure that we'll seem the same age as our kids in no time.

Focus on the Positive…You'll Live Longer!

Are you a parent battling teenage angst? Taking a positive perspective can help.

It Wants to Happen

Feminism is stepping out of the shadows as many celebrities, intellectuals and politicians heartily and intelligently endorse full human rights for girls and women.It is everywhere on the planted it is happening.

Don’t Give a Monkey the Finger

In a recent viral video, a young male is attacked by a monkey after giving it the middle finger. This incident provides exceptional evidence for features of emotion systems that cut across primate species while providing some guidance on cross-species etiquette at the same time.

Have Common Core Standards Killed Student Creativity?

Many educators believe the concept of creativity has been abandoned by today’s standards-based schools. Yet teachers can and do foster creativity in their classrooms each and every day. Learn six ways teachers expand minds and foster creative thinking.

The Label “Narcissism” is Used Too Loosely Today

Is there someone you know who is extremely boastful, self-absorbed, and is found frequently taking selfies or engaging in self-admiration? If so, do you really care? This seems to be the common understanding of narcissism that many people discuss. But, it’s not defining the real problem with narcissism.

Stop Criminalizing Teens for Sexting

By David J Ley Ph.D. on November 08, 2015 Women Who Stray
Teens will sext. They are technology natives, and have known texting and digital cameras their entire lives. Expecting them not to sext is like expecting them to masturbate without using their hands.

Why Are So Many American Youth Abusing Adderall?

By Allen J Frances M.D. on November 08, 2015 Saving Normal
ADHD meds are the most dangerous legal drugs among young people in college and high school.

How to Motivate Children Through Purpose

By Kate Roberts Ph.D. on November 08, 2015 Savvy Parenting
Is it difficult to know how to motivate your child to try harder and perform better? An understanding of the why is the key to improving motivation.

4 Ways Altruism Produces Happy and Empowered Children

Behavior problems? Give your kid more to live for.

Family-based Programs for Substance Abusing Teen Girls

For those who are concerned about substance abuse in young girls

Sleeping In

Having a hard time getting your Teen up in the mornings? Read on, and get some tips on how to wake your cranky teen.