Adolescence Essential Reads

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Your Teen Needs More Sleep

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on September 21, 2017 in Sleep Newzzz
A game plan for helping teens sleep better.
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Why Are Teens Sexting? Should We Find Out?

We know relatively little about the reasons youth sextext, who sextexts, how prevalent it is, or how to educate about sexting.

Parents Ought to Share Their Challenging Experiences

Adolescents who know stories about their parents’ teenage difficulties and challenges show higher self-esteem and resilience.

High School Popularity Might Backfire Later in Life

By Christopher Bergland on August 22, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
High school popularity may be overrated, according to a new 10-year study.

Young Men and the Empathy Gap

By Philip Zimbardo Ph.D. on August 15, 2017 in Hero
We have an empathy gap when it comes to having compassion for the challenges boys and young men face, and we're going to lose a whole generation if we don't pay attention.

Why Should We Care What the Victorians Thought of Self-Harm?

Forget what you thought you knew about self-harm. History suggests our attitudes are more culturally determined than we might think.

How Children’s Brains Learn to Reason

By Lydia Denworth on August 09, 2017 in Brain Waves
Reasoning is a profoundly important cognitive skill that affects achievement in school and in challenging careers. Now we know more about how it develops in children's brains.

How to Help Kids Manage Anger

Are you feeling embarrassed or baffled by your child's way of handling anger? You're not alone. Here's how to help.

Essential Parenting Tasks for a Healthy College Transition

The transition to campus and adulthood brings high stress for students. Here are the steps you should take as a parent to support them through this transition.

Keeping Refugee Children and Teens Safe

Even as we cheer for George and Amal Clooney's commitment to schools for Syrian refugee children in Lebanon, let's remember the mental health needs of refugee children everywhere.

A Letter to Parents of Children Heading to College

We don't talk enough about how hard the transition to college can be for parents. Get perspective on how to handle the challenges to come.

Is It Good to Fight With Your Teen?

By Adam Price Ph.D. on July 29, 2017 in The Unmotivated Teen
Who knew arguing with your teen could be a good thing?

6 Pieces of Bad Advice We Give Kids

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on July 27, 2017 in Feeling It
We’re giving our kids scientifically unfounded advice about how to succeed in life .  Here’s what to do instead if you want them to succeed and be happy.
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Sexual Assault: Hot-Blooded Clashes

Problems with sexual assault reports include confusing assault with rape, focusing on the specific behavior experienced, and considering gender politics.

True or False: 20% of Young Women Are Sexually Assaulted?

The one-in-five statistic hides variability as some women and some college campuses have higher rates.

Secrets of Sexual Attraction

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on July 12, 2017 in The Human Beast
The problem of how different tastes in physical attraction emerge is surprisingly complex. Influences range from brain biology to fashions.

Why Kids With Pets Are Better Off

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on July 12, 2017 in Animals and Us
Even the researchers were surprised by results of a large new study on the impact of pets on child development.
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Threesomes Are Interesting, But It Depends

Straight men are more willing to engage in threesomes if two women are involved, especially if the participants are known individuals.

Is There a Downside to Teenage Popularity—For Parents?

When it comes to the art of deception, practice makes perfect. Parents of popular teens should be aware of the ways in which socialization facilitates deception.

How to Avoid Power Struggles with Your Teen

Some parents seem caught off guard that their once adorable child, who adored them dearly, and in whose eyes, they could seemingly do little wrong, now questions their decisions.

Helping Refugee Children Cope

Ugandan psychologist Hugo Kamya tells how to support refugee children in our schools and communities.
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Raising the Awareness of Child Traumatic Stress

By Amber A. Hewitt Ph.D. on June 27, 2017 in You, Empowered
Did you know that June 27 is National Post-Traumatic Stress Awareness Day?

Caution, Moms: Your Daughters Are Listening

By Laura Choate Ed.D., LPC on June 20, 2017 in Girls, Women, and Wellness
It’s summer. For millions of women, wearing a bathing suit in public is agonizing. Do we keep beating ourselves up or try something new this year for the sake of our daughters?

Our Kids Are Not All Right

By Suniya Luthar, Ph.D. on June 13, 2017 in Privileged But Pressured
By the age of 26, diagnostic rates of addiction were two to three times those in national norms.

Icebergs and Childhood Mental Illness

By E. Jane Costello, Ph.D. and William E. Copeland, Ph.D. on June 09, 2017 in The Long View
It's time to destigmatize childhood mental illness.

How to Teach Kids Right From Wrong

By Katherine Hawley Ph.D. on June 05, 2017 in Trust
How to help kids tackle tricky situations.

Coping with the Death of a Friend

When a good friend dies, no words can fill the void in your life.

Race-Related Trauma Disrupts Psychological Well-Being

By Dawn X. Henderson Ph.D. on May 15, 2017 in The Trajectory of Race
The woes of race-related trauma in school and a perspective on well-being
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Adolescents, Parents, and the Power of Self-Esteem

Self-esteem not only defines a person, but that definition can influence perception and motivation to the good or not so good.

The Real Truth About Generational Differences

Do generations actually exist? The truth about Millennials.