All About Adolescence

Adolescence typically describes the years between ages 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. This 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 appearance tend to naturally increase in importance for some time during a teen's journey toward adulthood.

Recent posts on Adolescence

19 and Reclusive

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on March 24, 2017 in How To Do Life
The latest in my series of interviews with reclusive people.
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Adolescence and the Parental "No"

A parental "no" is a barrier to adolescent freedom. Parents have to decide when to keep the barrier up and when to let it down.

10 Ways to Help Your Daughter Get Over Her Boyfriend

A breakup is like drug withdrawal.
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Helping Your Child Deal With College Rejection & Acceptance

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W. on March 18, 2017 in Off the Couch
College acceptances and rejections are coming in. How parents respond can help or hinder adolescents in the developmental task of transitioning from home to college.
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Behavioral Addiction

There is little doubt that the Internet is resulting in problematic behavior. But should we treat that behavior as an addiction—and can we define behavioral addiction?

Teen Pregnancies Fall But School Sex Ed Doesn’t Work. Huh?

By Michael Castleman M.A. on March 15, 2017 in All About Sex
The number of teen pregnancies has plummeted by more than half in a generation. But a new analysis shows that school-based sex education classes don't work. How is this possible?

Why Young People Destroy the Very Things They Need Most

By Nick Luxmoore on March 15, 2017 in Young People Up Close
When young people spurn our best attempts to love and support them, why do they do this?

Empathy: There’s an App For That!

By Sara Konrath Ph.D. on March 14, 2017 in The Empathy Gap
The science behind using mobile phones for good
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Let the Kids Sleep, Part II

Why is sleep so important?
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Murder Buddies

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on March 13, 2017 in Shadow Boxing
Some adolescent friendships go down a dark path, but there are strategies for parents who want to deflect them.

Why Is My Child So Mentally Lazy?

By Stuart Shanker DPhil on March 10, 2017 in Self-Reg
Are children and teens “mentally lazy”? Is it a generation that would rather play than study, or one whose “limbic braking system” is affecting their ability to think and learn?

What If Your Child Chooses to Do Wrong?

Punishment drives the feelings underground and makes the bad behavior worse. Healing the feelings that are driving the behavior is what prevents a repeat of the misbehavior.

Help! I Hate My Daughter's Boyfriend!

By Deborah J. Cohan, Ph.D. on March 08, 2017 in Social Lights
How parents can cope with their child’s dating choices

Karate Kicking to a Song by Sia

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on March 07, 2017 in Black Belt Brain
This is a story about a woman you haven’t heard of who influenced a girl you probably don’t know but who did something with a singer you’ve certainly seen.
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Should the Government Assess Sexual Orientation?

We need a large-scale survey based on our best science that focuses specifically on sexual-minority youth and young adults.
Ryan Tauss

Stretching Toward Manhood

What do these boys have in common? Each perfectly portrays the vagaries of growing up boy.

The College Mental Health Crisis: Focus on Overall Wellbeing

Let’s look at some scary facts about mental health on our campuses...
Carl Pickhardt Ph.D.

Raising a Self-Confident Adolescent

Parents can be confidence builders or confidence breakers. Better the first than the second.

A Parent’s Guide to Surviving Spring Break

By Deborah J. Cohan, Ph.D. on March 05, 2017 in Social Lights
12 suggestions from a college professor

How to Overcome Math Anxiety

By David Ludden Ph.D. on March 04, 2017 in Talking Apes
A major international study looks at the relationship between math performance and math anxiety around the world.

Spring Break and Alcohol

It’s that time that hundreds of thousands of college students across the nation look forward to.

Your Child Just Told You He's Gay. Now What?

How you can respond, without offense but with unconditional love.
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Teenagers and Their Quest to Find Themselves

All teens will go off into the big, wide world as they journey to discover who they are. So be aware of where they go and whom they align themselves with.

What Is Anorexia Nervosa?

Anorexia Nervosa is torture for the afflicted person, terrifying for parents, and terribly frustrating for clinicians...
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The College Mental Health Crisis: Focus on Suicide

College is often said to be among the best times of our lives. Yet today college students are seriously stressed and have few mental health resources. Suicide is a serious risk.

Back to Basics

How do we help stressed out teens? The answer doesn’t come from any academician, nor scholarly source. The answer is as simple as going back to the basics.

Why Is It So Difficult to Stop Obsessing About Your Child?

By Meredith Resnick L.C.S.W. on February 21, 2017 in Adoption Stories
Do you obsess about your child? Is it wearing you out?
Carl Pickhardt Ph.D.

Helping Your Adolescent Cope with Significant Loss

Parents can teach their adolescents how to make their way through significant loss when it occurs.
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Do Asexuals Have Sexual Fantasies and Do They Masturbate?

There is a spectrum of asexuality with a variety of sex drives, attractions, fantasies, and masturbations.

Should Bedrooms be No-Phone Zones for Teens?

By Amy Green M.A., C.C.C. on February 17, 2017 in Psy-curious
Three ways parents can help their teens log off before turning in for the night - without the power struggle.