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

The Uncomfortable Conversation About Online Safety

An online teen suicide challenge continues, despite the arrest of the originator. The conversations you should have with your children about safety online.

Does Video Game Addiction Really Exist?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on July 19, 2017 in Media Spotlight
Despite the political pressure to declare video game addiction a real disorder, the basic science still isn't there. What will this mean for concerned parents and therapists?

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.

The Tune Up That Every First Year College Student Needs

By Deborah J. Cohan, Ph.D. on July 16, 2017 in Social Lights
A 21-point checklist for the class of 2021.

How Can You Connect with Your Teen as Summer Ends?

Are you wondering how to support and connect with your teen before they leave for college? Leading with feeling may offer some solutions.
K. Ramsland

Suicide: Pacts Versus Clusters

Suicide pacts are agreements; suicide clusters are reactions. But clusters can result from publicized pacts.

How Technology Lowers Emotional Intelligence in Kids

Five negative consequences caused by tech dependence.

Have You Been Infected by Other People's Emotions?

Are other people's emotions contagious? The powerful effect of social contagion.

Should I Answer Every Text My Child Sends?

It may feel good to be the person your child shares everything with, and yet...

Parenting in the Era of Addictive Electronics

Are your kids obsessed with screen time? Here are steps to curb their addiction.

Why Your ASD Teen Gets Bullied

The ASD Teen, struggles with picking up on nonverbal cues, this is problematic in social situations especially with young people.

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.
Eric Maisel

Survive Your Difficult Family By Being Calm

Much of what gets labeled as individual pathology in adults and children is really the playing out of family stresses and conflicts. Learn what you can do in this 8-part series.
Carl Pickhardt Ph.D.

What Is the Point of Adolescence?

It's helpful for parents to know that adolescence is a functional process for their daughter or son, no matter how frustrating it may sometimes feels for the adults.

The Teenage Years: 4 Questions That May Predict Thriving

One factor may matter more than you might expect for kids in their teenage years. A recent study from Brazil and Romania has important implications for American teenagers.

Responding to Cultural Challenges on Campus

By Marcia Morris M.D. on July 09, 2017 in College Wellness
In the face of current cultural anxieties, we can continue to encourage safety, academic success, and social belonging.

Summer Reading

Breaking waves and beach houses are lovely, but nothing says summer like a day in the sun with a tote full of books.
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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.

The Five Things Every College Freshman Needs to Hear

Know a student heading to college this fall? These are the key messages they'll need for personal, social, and academic success.

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.

Bridging the Gap with Your Teen or Young Adult

By Mendi Baron on July 04, 2017 in On the Verge
Pulling your hair out trying to relate to your teen or young adult? A change in perspective, proper planning, and some elbow grease can go a long way.

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.
W. R. Klemm

Memory Training Produces Lasting Effects

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on July 03, 2017 in Memory Medic
You too can be a memory athlete.
Eric Maisel

Survive Your Difficult Family By Being Strong

Much of what gets labeled as individual pathology in adults and children is really the playing out of family stresses and conflicts. Learn what you can do in this 8-part series.
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Wet Dreams: Bemused & Bewildered

Many boys are confused by a common event, which for many is their first experience of an orgasm. It doesn't have to be this way.

Seven Agreeable Ways to Be Disagreeable

When we know how to use our defiance wisely, we can move mountains. Unhappiness can turn into happiness, failure into success....

Reflections on LGBTQ Rights

By Robert Dingman Ed.D. on June 30, 2017 in Mind Matters
One highly alarming consequence of the marginalization of LGBTQ individuals is vulnerability to human trafficking. How do we stop this?

Helping Refugee Children Cope

Ugandan psychologist Hugo Kamya tells how to support refugee children in our schools and communities.

I Am Upset That My 14-Year-Old Is Sexually Active

How to handle your young teen and sexuality.