All About Adolescence

Adolescence typically describes the years between ages 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. This 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 appearance tend to naturally increase in importance for some time during a teen's journey toward adulthood.

Recent posts on Adolescence

Tina Alexis Allen: Untangling Identity and Sexual Abuse

By Jennifer Haupt on February 19, 2018 in One True Thing
What I once labeled "a relationship" with my teacher was really sexual abuse.
Carl Pickhardt Ph. D.

Adolescence and Processing Painful Emotion

Since emotionality is a fundamental part of human nature, and adolescence is a more emotionally intense time, teaching teenagers how to process their feelings is important to do.

What Can You Do for Adolescents Exposed to Traumatic Events?

Trauma & Grief-Focused Group Therapy may provide adolescents a shared outlet for healing.

Talking About Sex And Death And Hatred

By Nick Luxmoore on February 16, 2018 in Young People Up Close
To what extent do sex, death and hatred end up as unmentionable anxieties hidden away inside a young person? How do we understand and how do we respond?

Mental Health and School Shootings

A mountain of studies have demonstrated that mental health problems are increasing. This may partly be why mass shootings have become normalized. We can do better.

Clues to the Mind of the Florida School Shooter

Madfis’ examination of thwarted school rampage attacks also found extensive planning, including "hit lists" and even "do not kill" records.

Four Guidelines to Making Critical Decisions

By Tim Elmore on February 15, 2018 in Artificial Maturity
Are you constantly faced with making critical decisions? These four guidelines can help you effectively make them.

The Neuroscience of Adolescent Impulsivity

By Christopher Bergland on February 13, 2018 in The Athlete's Way
New research identifies a link between cortical thickness and impulsive decision-making during adolescence.

Identity in Borderline Personality Disorder: A New Approach

Borderline personality disorder is often thought of in terms of early development of the self. A new measure of identity shows the continuing role of identity in adulthood.

How to Use the 'Batman Effect' to Teach Kids Perseverance

Whether you're trying to get your child to do chores, or you want him to finish his math homework, the 'Batman Effect' will help him get it done.

How We Communicate That We Love Our Teens

Do you know how to best communicate love to your teens in a way they'll understand and appreciate?

Adolescent Psychotherapy: Worth a Try?

By Deborah Offner Ph.D. on February 08, 2018 in Progress Report
Does your teenager want to see a therapist? It's probably a good call.

Haircuts & Walk-Outs: The Bad Side of Parental Control

By Paula L. White M.A. on February 08, 2018 in Shape Parenting
Do you have a fit when your children's choices go against your wishes? Learn how to build a parent-child bond while having a positive influence on your child's decisions.

Teens Are Not Just Risk-Taking Machines

By Elliot T Berkman Ph.D. on February 08, 2018 in The Motivated Brain
Adolescents have important developmental work to do. Despite what grownups think, taking needless risks isn't the goal for teens. Being risky is part of exploring the world.

Improving School Climate by Changing Counselor Duties

By Janet Hicks Ph.D. on February 07, 2018 in Raising Parents
Why is the school counselor not available when my child needs help? Help curb violent behaviors by advocating for your school's counselor.

Failing Forward

By Stephen Gray Wallace on February 07, 2018 in Decisions Teens Make
One of the great things about sports is the imparting of important life lessons. And many of those lessons relate directly to one’s character.

What Underlying Brain Dysconnectivity Causes Mental Illness?

Stunning neuroscience research reveals a potential common cause for psychiatric illness identifiable in adolescence, and suggests avenues for prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.

Helping Young Gay/Bi Men of Color to Stay HIV-Negative

By John-Manuel Andriote on February 06, 2018 in Stonewall Strong
If nothing changes, the CDC projects that 50 percent of African-American, and 25 percent of Hispanic/Latino, gay and bisexual men will become infected with HIV in their lifetime.

Frightening Episodes of Child Abuse

I was thinking about the torture parents, David and Louise Turpin and their thirteen children, and Larry Nassar, the pedophile doctor who preyed on hundreds of innocent girls.
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It's All Relative...Sometimes

By Brad E Sachs Ph.D. on February 05, 2018 in Emptying The Nest
Haunted by family ghosts that interfere with your changing relationship with your young adult? Being alert to the presence of the past lays the groundwork for a better future
Carl Pickhardt Ph. D.

Adolescence and Repurposing One's Life

A young person can't grow up and still remain the same. They must become different. Repurposing redefines and re-energizes one's growth.

Want Teens To Smoke Less Pot? Legalize It

By Nathan H. Lents, Ph.D. on February 05, 2018 in Beastly Behavior
The belief that the stigmatization of drugs as illegal and dangerous reduces teen drug use is not just wrong. It's backwards.

Helping Your Child After a Psychiatric Hospitalization

By Marcia Morris M.D. on February 04, 2018 in College Wellness
What should you do if your college student is in a psychiatric hospital? You can be a tremendous source of support for your child during this stressful time.

Do Lovers' Sexually Transmitted Infections Prove Cheating?

By Michael Castleman M.A. on February 01, 2018 in All About Sex
When a lover turns up with a sexually transmitted infection, the person may have been unfaithful, but not necessarily.

The Rapidly Emerging Psychiatric Fragility of Today’s Youth

A focus on building resiliency and developing stress management skills among youth are critical to avoid turning our institutions of higher education into psychiatric facilities.
By © Nevit Dilmen, CC BY-SA 3.0

Toys Are Us? Gender Behavior, Subject to Manipulation?

Research lends supports to the view that one is born with a gender orientation (likely along a continuum), implying that attempts to change it are doomed and will likely cause harm

A New Day for Young Girls?

Is Oprah Winfrey’s “new day” for young girls “on the horizon?” Not according to research; and not unless parents start helping daughters develop new skills.

Should Parents Keep Sex Hush-Hush?

Finding information about sex is not a problem for kids today. However, there is a key to sexual confidence that kids gain best from their parents. Do you know what that is?

Helping Your Daughter Gain a Sense of Empathy

By Dena Kouremetis on January 29, 2018 in The Unedited Offspring
Teaching girls to think about walking a mile in someone else’s shoes (including our own) can be one of the hardest jobs we face as parents ...
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Violent Female Offenders

By Joni E Johnston Psy.D. on January 29, 2018 in The Human Equation
Violent female offenders often give us clues to their future during their childhood and teen years. So why do we miss them?