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

As My Kids Graduate, I Do Too

My kids have graduated high school, which means I've been handed a pink slip for the best job I've ever had.

Central Planning and U.S Child Psychopharmacology

Is there overcontrol of the prescription of antipsychotics to children and adolescents in the U.S.?

Slanted Eyes

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on May 24, 2016 in Minority Report
"At a school where Asian Americans were allegedly labelled 'too smart' and mocked for their 'slanted eyes,' Emilie seemed to feel alienated."

The Psychology Behind How Young People Vote

Young people will have more power to influence U.S. elections and policy than at any other time in recent history. How do they vote differently from older adults?

On Gap Years and Privilege

Gap years are often dismissed because they are associated with privilege. But, the story is more complicated than this, and those concerned with college success should look deeper.

Beyond Bikini Madness: Parents, Daughters, and Swimsuits

Its swimsuit season and sexy bikinis are all the rage for young girls. Not sure about saying "no"? Here's help for deciding what choices are right for your family.

Pomp and Uncertain Circumstances

Your baby is graduating...are you ready?

How Can We Best Help Underrepresented and Talented Students?

The story of how a university-charter district partnership made an early college high school.

Imagine Me Gone

Despite popular myths about seasonality of suicides, rates actually spike in late spring and early summer rather than during the holidays or in the depths of winter.

3 Mistakes Parents Make by NOT Considering Boarding School

When your kid's in danger, you may have to take drastic steps. Boarding school can be a new beginning.

The Myth of Multitasking

Do you and your children multitask your way through the day? Here's why it might not be the best strategy for your family.

For Kids with Pain, Attending School Can Help

Too many days at home can lead to worsening chronic pain. Helping kids find ways to be successful in school, even when pain may persist, is essential.

6 Openings for Talking to Kids About Sex and Gender

By Karen L Smith MSS, LCSW on May 19, 2016 in Full Living
We want to be one of the people our kids talk to about sex, sexuality, orientation and gender. Even if it terrifies us.

Is the Epidemic of Teenage Suicide Caused by Depression?

Today, the chatter on personal devices is about depression, sometimes about suicidal thoughts. Young girls in particular are batting this stuff about on Facebook, and acting on it.

New Study Reveals Six Benefits of School Restorative Justice

Zero tolerance approaches have not garnered much research support for reducing conflicts or violence. A new study identifies the many benefits of school-based restorative practices

Early Adolescence, Loss of Confidence, and Fears of Trying

Confidence motivates trying. Most early adolescents leave some confidence behind when they separate from childhood, and now they have some building back up of themselves to do.

5 Pieces of Advice We Should Stop Giving Graduates

These pearls of wisdom get recycled every graduation season. But these messages are actually bad advice.

Globalizing Positive Psychology

Instead of researching well-being through culturally skewed self-reporting tools, let's focus on how our brain chemicals (dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin, endorphin) work in animals.

10 Tips: When You Don't Like Your Teen's Friends

What To Do When You Don't Like Your Child's Friends

You Snooze, You Win

By Darby Saxbe Ph.D. on May 13, 2016 in Home Base
What if you could dramatically improve kids' learning, mental health, and safety by making one small tweak to their schedules? Turns out school start times make a big difference.

Where Is This Generation Headed and How Screwed Are We?

By Mendi Baron on May 12, 2016 in On the Verge
Where are our teens headed? How perspective can shape the future

Is Your Son or Daughter Being Tutored by Amphetamines?

It is becoming common for high school students to use amphetamines to study. Here is what can be done about it.

Helping Boys Become Ethical Men

Boys become adults at the same time they head off to college. Here's how to make this transition more intentional to help boys become healthy and ethical men.

I Want to Get Along with My Stepmother

What To Do About Tricky Step-family Dynamics

Smartphones Reveal How the Modern World Is (Not) Sleeping

Do you sleep with a smartphone next to your bed? If so, compelling new research offers multiple reasons to turn off your phone (and other digital devices) one hour before bedtime.

Happy Mother's Day

A little dated? Maybe. But I think you get the idea.

Promposals: The Darkness Beneath the Cheer

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on May 06, 2016 in Living Single
Promposals are not just fun and games. Value systems and feelings of shame are also in play.

What Every Parent Should Know About College Student Suicide

By Marcia Morris M.D. on May 05, 2016 in College Wellness
One suicide can lead to another, particularly for someone close to the victim.

Teens and Sexting: Lifting Legal Sanctions

Should laws allow consensual sexting among minors?

Moving to a New Town: The Impact on Kids

Moving is hard. Moving with kids? Excruciating. These tips will make it easier on all of you.