Adolescence 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?
Rebecca [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Who and What Is a Pansexual?

Pansexuality offers teenagers an opportunity not to rule out anyone solely because of sex or gender. It explodes traditional categorical identities straight, bisexual, and gay.

Why Are Teens So Stressed and What Can Break the Cycle?

By Daniel P. Keating Ph.D. on November 01, 2017 in Stressful Lives
Dramatic increases in teen stress are fueled by a broader stress epidemic. We need to understand both to break this cycle.

On Teenagers, Helplessness, and Anxiety

By Bruce Poulsen Ph.D. on October 30, 2017 in Reality Play
How does an understanding of normal childhood anxiety help us make sense of anxiety disorders among teenagers?

Global Collaboration at Its Purest

When teenagers from Vietnam to Slovakia dream, creativity really does cross borders.

Has Your Daughter Been Sexually Harassed?

Research shows that sexual harassment is part of everyday life in American middle and high schools. How do we educate and protect young women?

The Thousand-Dollar iPhone. Wow.

By Steven Schlozman M.D. on October 21, 2017 in Grand Rounds
A thousand dollars for the iPhone? Pretty soon we're talking real money. What's a parent to do?

ADHD Is Now Widely Overdiagnosed and for Multiple Reasons

By Christopher Lane Ph.D. on October 20, 2017 in Side Effects
In the U.S. and other developed countries, there are now clear signs that child and adolescent mental disorders are overdiagnosed.
Carl Pickhardt Ph. D.

Adolescence and the Use of Parental Worry

Not fun to do, and often given a bad name, worry can be constructive for both parent and adolescent to do.

Unraveling the Teenage Mind

Adolescence can be a mystifying time for everyone. This new book can help.

Why Are Suicide Rates Higher Among LGBTQ Youth?

Among youth who identify as sexual minorities, the likelihood of death by suicide has been estimated to be two to seven times greater.

Teen Dating and Sex Hit Record Lows for Recent Decades

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on October 07, 2017 in Living Single
The authors think the path to adulthood is slowing. I think the story is bigger than that.
Jon Sullivan, from Wikimedia

Faking It: Why Pretend an Orgasm?

The reasons people pretend to have an orgasm range from the selfish to the magnanimous.

How Personality Changes in Teens

By Art Markman Ph.D. on October 05, 2017 in Ulterior Motives
A new study explores how traits shift and stabilize over time.

The Neuroscience of Contagious Laughter

By Christopher Bergland on September 29, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
For the first time, neuroscientists have identified why laughter is contagious.

Thank You, Child Welfare First Responders!

By Michael W Corrigan Ed.D. on September 28, 2017 in Kids Being Kids
In child welfare, every day is similar to experiencing a hurricane. For the dedicated workforce serving our nation’s most vulnerable... this one's for you!

The Lonely College Student

By Deborah J. Cohan, Ph.D. on September 24, 2017 in Social Lights
A professor's advice for students and parents.
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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.
By 白井瑞樹 (自己撮影) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons

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?

By Sarah Chaney Ph.D. on August 15, 2017 in The History 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.