Essential Reads

Why Has Self-Harm Tripled Among Tween and Teen Girls?

By Jean M Twenge Ph.D. on November 21, 2017 in Our Changing Culture
Why are three times as many girls harming themselves? There's a likely culprit.

Should Kids Be Allowed to Take Mental Health Days?

You wouldn't think twice about letting your child stay home from school for a physical illness like the flu. But should you let him take a mental health day?

Meet the Teen Who Discovered the Secret of Social Capital

The design of children's social life teaches them to create a world of status where people are left out and mistreated. One teen is trying to change that––with an app.

Why Don't Doctors Ask LGBT Kids About Their Identities?

Does your child's sexual orientation receive short shrift from their doctor?

More Posts on Adolescence

How to Help Teens Cope with Cyberbullying

By Katie Hurley, LCSW on November 21, 2017 in Worry-Free Kids
Worried about teens and cyberbullying? You're not alone.
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No Place For Any Feelings

By Elizabeth Young on November 21, 2017 in Adaptations
"I can see you're a good girl, and that you'll work hard," she says, and her affirmation makes me sure that I am and I will, without question.

Who Is Distracted by a Girl Wearing Skintight Leggings?

By Leonard Sax M.D., Ph.D. on November 20, 2017 in Sax on Sex
Who is distracted by a teenage girl wearing skintight leggings? Maybe the girl is.
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How a Parent's Darkness Can Light the Child's Way

By Brad E Sachs Ph.D. on November 20, 2017 in Emptying The Nest
Are you having difficulty understanding your young adult's struggles? Some thoughtful reflection may result in better understanding, both of your child and yourself.

I'm Too Ordinary to Get Into College

By Adam Price Ph.D. on November 19, 2017 in The Unmotivated Teen
How applying to college sucks the soul out of high-school students.

College Students and Thanksgiving Break

By Deborah J. Cohan, Ph.D. on November 17, 2017 in Social Lights
Tips for enjoying the holidays with your adult children.

Wean Your Kids and Yourself Off Fear

By Jenni Ogden Ph.D. on November 16, 2017 in Trouble in Mind
The obsession of iGen teens with safety is one cause of their unhealthy levels of anxiety and there's something adults can do something about.

Guidance on the Graduate School Application Process

Did you know there are about a dozen kinds of graduate programs for psych majors? Did you know that many programs offer tuition help? Read on for inside take on the process!
Carl Pickhardt Ph. D.

Adolescence and Conflicts between Constancy and Change

The art of parenting an adolescent is knowing the difference between what needs to change and what needs to stay the same.

On Being Treated Unfairly: Don’t Let Them Win Twice!

By Robert Enright Ph.D. on November 11, 2017 in The Forgiving Life
Too often when people hurt us, we get so angry that we hurt others. "The bad guys" then win twice: first in their hurting us and then in our becoming injurers of others.

A 12-Year-Old Is Watching Porn

By Nick Luxmoore on November 11, 2017 in Young People Up Close
If, realistically, we have little control over children watching porn, how do we help them understand what they're watching so that they're not damaged when it comes to real life?

Finding Solace Through Stories

By Robyn Fivush Ph.D. on November 10, 2017 in The Stories of Our Lives
Remembering our loved ones through stories helps us heal and bonds our families and friends together in times of grief.

Do Smart Phones Make Us Smarter?

By Tim Elmore on November 09, 2017 in Artificial Maturity
If you’re like most, you will consult your phone about 80 times a day. Find out what the latest research says on how this influences your mind and your life in general.

Empowering Your Anxious Tween

Anxiety is a beast that can be contained, if not completely slain.

Phubbing-The #1 Phone Habit to Drop For Better Relationships

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on November 08, 2017 in Feeling It
Here's what happens to your relationships when you ignore others for your phone.

Young and Cueless: Thinking about the Big Rise in Anxiety

By Scott M. Stanley Ph.D. on November 07, 2017 in Sliding vs. Deciding
Anxiety and depression have increased sharply for teens and young adults. Why? Does cuelessness about relationships play a role?

Adolescent Identities and Our Biases

Are you wondering what it can mean to affirm adolescence? Let's talk about identities adolescents are coming to understand, and the biases that may be directed towards them.

How to Talk to Kids About Terrorism

Talking about the harsh realities of life shouldn't be an attempt to toughen kids up, but it can be an opportunity to help them build mental strength.

How to Lower Your Teen’s Anxiety

Learning how to cope with anxiety is an important part of growing up. Here are a few ways to help mitigate teenage angst.

Profiles in Persistance: Oren

By Mendi Baron on November 06, 2017 in On the Verge
Struggle to find inspiration to pursue your dream? Check out other dreamers and how they do it!

American Cinema Has Produced Its First Woman Auteur

By Stanton Peele Ph.D. on November 04, 2017 in Addiction in Society
Greta Gerwig is the first great American woman "auteur" director - so what's a century to two?

Batman and How Real Heroes Respond to Bullies

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on November 03, 2017 in Black Belt Brain
Whether it’s from being a lion at heart or Batman here and now, we need to spread the effects of inspiration far and wide.

10 Reasons American Teenagers Are More Anxious Than Ever

We're robbing American teenagers of the mental strength they need to stay healthy.

Preventing and Calming Kids’ Technology-Fueled Anxiety

Technology is implicated in rapidly rising rates of anxiety, depression, and suicide in children and adolescents. Mindful parenting approaches can help your kids be resilient.

Popular Teen Apps and Sites

Teens may be one step ahead when it comes to technology, but that doesn’t mean parents have to be two steps behind.
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Teaching Teens Why Sexual Harassment and Assault Is Wrong

By Azmaira H. Maker Ph.D. on October 30, 2017 in Helping Kids Cope
Tools for schools and parents to teach teens about sexual harassment and assault as an abuse of power.
Carl Pickhardt Ph. D.

Adolescence and the Positive Power of Mistakes

Painful though it can feel, mistake making is part of everyone's learning process in life. So the challenge is to make the best educational use of mistakes you can.
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Misdirection

By Stephen Gray Wallace on October 25, 2017 in Decisions Teens Make
Many young people thrive in college environments: new relationships, challenges and independence. Others find the shift to college a mixed blessing or even a downright disaster.

Pragmatics: The Ultimate Buzzkill

By Mendi Baron on October 23, 2017 in On the Verge
Hate being the one to point out the obvious or push things along? Get your teen or young adult moving in the right direction with a culture shift!
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The Secret Suffering

If you are a parent of a sexual assault victim and not sure what to do, here are some ideas that could be helpful in your journey.