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

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Aliens and Monsters

By Scott G. Eberle Ph.D. on July 19, 2016 in Play in Mind
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Teens are notorious for being innovative, and hiding their drugs is no exception.

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By Marcia Morris M.D. on July 16, 2016 in College Wellness
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By Nick Luxmoore on July 16, 2016 in Young People Up Close
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Happy Parents, Happy Kids

When happiness thrives in the lives of parents, it naturally thrives in their children’s lives as well.
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By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on July 14, 2016 in How We Do It
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Carl Pickhardt Ph.D.

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By Susan B. Winston LMFT on July 09, 2016 in Shift Happens
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Children and Antidepressants: The Question of Harm

By Christopher Lane Ph.D. on June 30, 2016 in Side Effects
The latest meta-analysis will intensify concern that antidepressants are ineffective and harmful.

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By Michele Ybarra MPH, Ph.D. on June 28, 2016 in Connected
What are the differences between youth exposed to a lot of versus a little sexual content in the media?

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By Emily S. Beitiks on June 27, 2016 in The Age of Biotech
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Carl Pickhardt Ph. D.

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By Temma Ehrenfeld on June 21, 2016 in Open Gently
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