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

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.

All Problems Are Betrayals

By Nick Luxmoore on February 17, 2017 in Young People Up Close
For young people, all problems provoke primitive anxieties of betrayal: reminders of an original betrayal they can't consciously remember but can't help feeling strongly about.
Jens Maus

Brain on Fire

By Stephen Gray Wallace on February 16, 2017 in Decisions Teens Make
Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) has been called one of the “best known but least understood” mental health conditions. Why is it so well known?

Controlling the Conduct of College Women in the 1960s

By Frank T. McAndrew Ph.D. on February 15, 2017 in Out of the Ooze
Rules regulating the freedoms of college women were absolutely draconian in 1962. In hindsight, the unabashed double standards of collegiate social regulations were jaw dropping.

The Best Response to Narcissism in Students

By Tim Elmore on February 15, 2017 in Artificial Maturity
At the core of narcissism is the fantasy that you are better than you really are. But . . . what might be the cause of this misperception?

Five Things You Should Know About Gender Trends on Campus

By Marcia Morris M.D. on February 12, 2017 in College Wellness
College aged adults are redefining what it means to be a man or a woman.

Adolescence: Your Parenting Work Is Not Over Yet

A parent’s job changes at a child’s adolescence. Be available while letting go. Argue. Laugh. Love the person your child really is, underneath all the identities they’re trying on.
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Six Reasons Why Individuals Choose Suicide

Have you been affected by a suicide this year?
Markus Spiske

Falling to Pieces

By Stephen Gray Wallace on February 07, 2017 in Decisions Teens Make
How to process the permanence of loss? Of course, there are the well-known stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression (or despair) and, ultimately, perhaps, acceptance.

Margaret Mead and the Great Samoan Nurture Hoax

Margaret Mead’s claim that nurture prevailed over nature in Samoan childhood and adolescence has been shown to be completely fictitious.
Carl Pickhardt Ph.D.

Teaching the Early Adolescent About Freedom

Adolescence are concerned with getting freedom to grow -- freedom from from old restraints and freedom for new opportunity. Parents need to speak to both concerns.
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Asexuality: A Brief Primer

“Asexuality does not make our lives any worse or any better, we just face a different set of challenges than most sexual people.”

Boys Will Be Boys—Even If Raised Believed to Be Girls

Boys born seeming to be girls and socialised as such revert to male after puberty in ~90% of cases, providing an acid test of nature versus nurture.

Behind the Smoke-Screen of Vaping: E-Cigarettes

By Sylvia R. Karasu M.D. on February 03, 2017 in The Gravity of Weight
Electronic cigarettes have become big business throughout the U.S. and worldwide. What do we really know about the safety of these products?

Age of Consent: How Old Is Old Enough for Sex?

By Michael Castleman M.A. on February 01, 2017 in All About Sex
In most states, the "age of consent," the age when adolescents can legally have sex, is 16. It used to be considerably younger.

How to Survive Your Beloved Adolescent

Being a parent is the hardest job you ever love...and research shows that it's hardest during adolescence. Very few people offer good advice. So here is my master plan for you:
Ritch C Savin-Williams

More Bisexual Women? Think Again.

Decisions the authors made regarding sexuality as categorical rather than a continuum led to a misinterpretation of their data.

Achieving Happiness by Helping Others

When we help others we feel happy. There is a relationship between our well-being and giving our time, money or other resources to a cause that we are passionate about.

Three Strategies That Transform Classrooms and Change Lives

By Elaine Shpungin Ph.D. on January 28, 2017 in Peacemeal
Is your classroom suffering from disruptive conflict and student disengagement? These restorative tips have worked in real classrooms and schools to improve climate and connection.

Ending Sexual Abuse of Our Children

By Michael Ungar Ph.D. on January 24, 2017 in Nurturing Resilience
While we still don’t know much about how to prevent child sexual abuse, there are things families and communities are doing to keep our kids safe and avoid a lifetime of problems.

Children & Activism in 2017: Parents Help Kids Do it Right

By Paula L. White M.A. on January 23, 2017 in Shape Parenting
Are you already tired of all the politics in 2017? Have less talk and more action by awakening the activist in your child.
Carl Pickhardt Ph.D.

Reluctance to Grow Up at the Outset and End of Adolescence

Rate of growing up varies widely, and that is okay. If slow, the main thing is for parents to be patient.

When His Homework is Your Personal Purgatory

You are in homework hell and the assignments aren’t even your responsibility! As a parent, you feel as if it all falls on you.

Adolescent Depression: Early Mental Health Services Are Key

By Christopher Bergland on January 19, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
Young teenagers with depressive symptoms—who make contact with mental health services—are seven times less likely to develop major depressive disorders later in life, study shows.

Growing Up and Gazing Down at Mom

By Lydia Denworth on January 19, 2017 in Brain Waves
As my kids overtake me in height, I remind myself that their brains haven't fully grown yet.

Late-Night Smartphone Use Often Fuels Daytime Somnambulism

By Christopher Bergland on January 18, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
A growing body of research offers compelling evidence that late-night smartphone use can trigger sleep disturbances linked to subpar daytime performance, depression, and anxiety.

Novel by 20-Year-Old Is an Honest Look at Teen Mental Health

By Garth Sundem on January 18, 2017 in Brain Trust
"I hope that reading about characters who struggle will help people see that it's okay to struggle," says 20-year-old author Jennifer Yu.