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

Carl Pickhardt Ph.D.

How to Tell When Your Child Has Started Adolescence

Accustomed to parenting a child, it can be hard for parents admit when childhood is over and parenting an adolescent has begun.

The Making of a Mass School Shooter

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on May 27, 2017 in How To Do Life
A short-short story.

Helping Kids Understand Frightening Events

How adults can help children cope with the Manchester bombing.
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Can Dogs Help Solve Our Childhood Obesity Problem?

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on May 23, 2017 in Animals and Us
What should we make of claims about the impact of dogs on obesity in children and teenagers?

Child Custody in Polyamorous Families Part 5

This fifth and final blog in the series on children in polyamorous families examines the trends in custody of these children, from the best interests standard to recent changes.

The Price of Being a Loner

By Barb Cohen on May 21, 2017 in Mom, Am I Disabled?
Without a social brain, imperfection is never “normalized;” the soothing mantra “Everybody feels this way sometimes” cannot be internalized.

13 Reasons Why

Have your heard warnings about "13 Reasons Why?" Get the basics about how clinical depression is diagnosed.

Failure Is Unacceptable

Your son sucks at school, but maybe that is not so bad.

Medication For Life

By Lawrence D. Blum M.D. on May 20, 2017 in Beyond Freud
Some people need medication to live. Are others put on unneeded medication for life?

Negotiating with Your Teenager

Your child is not your enemy. You have to be willing to negotiate and prepare your own thoughts and reasons for why you say what you do and to share those reasons with your child.

Coping with the Death of a Friend

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

Hidden Faces

It seems counterintuitive: sadness in the spring as flowers bloom and temperatures rise.

Race-Related Trauma Disrupts Psychological Well-Being

The woes of race-related trauma in school and a perspective on well-being

Emotional Resiliency in ASD Teens

One of the biggest challenges parents with teens on the Autism Spectrum face is teaching their teens how to develop emotional resiliency.
Carl Pickhardt Ph. D.

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.

Children in Polyamorous Families Part 4

This blog offers a sneak peek into the ongoing fourth wave of research on children growing up in polyamorous families by focusing on the experiences of young adults.
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"Gay Capital" and Shifting Perceptions of Homosexuality

The gay youth developed close friendships with both straight and sexual-minority peers, felt accepted by their straight peers, and gained status by their gayness.

Is It Okay To Dislike Young People?

By Nick Luxmoore on May 13, 2017 in Young People Up Close
We pride ourselves on liking young people. So when we inevitably find ourselves disliking some young people, it disturbs our equilibrium. What's going on? How do we move forward?

The Real Truth About Generational Differences

Do generations actually exist? The truth about Millennials.

Preventing Cyberbullying Among Children and Adolescents

Cyberbullying is linked to increased problems in youth such as anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and decreased performance in school. How can it be addressed?

When You Suspect Your Kid has a Substance Abuse Problem

If you find evidence that your child is using drugs or alcohol, here are some suggestions about how to take the next step and talk to your child.

What do Teenage Relationships Really Look Like?

How can you give teens the space they need to explore the more ambiguous, complicated aspects of their relationships? An open mind and willing heart could make a difference.
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Are Parents Good Role Models for Teen Drivers?

We are all hostages of the digital age. A new survey shows that parents report their driving behaviors using smart phones demonstrate poor role modeling.

Why Teens Get High

It’s time teens get the real story about what marijuana can do to their bodies, their brains, and their futures.

I Don't Know How to Break Up With a Depressed Girlfriend

A teen is afraid of how a depressed girlfriend might react to a breakup.

5 Disastrous Summer Vacation Plans Parents Should Avoid

... and 3 golden rules for successful family getaways.

Avoid the Gap Year Mistake

Gap years can be transformational moments that set a course for career and life fulfillment. But, not all gap years achieve this. What gap year students do matters.
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The Coming Z-Change

By Danielle Teller on May 03, 2017 in Tipping Sacred Cows
Are you tired of culture wars about gender and sexuality? Generation Z may make all of that Sturm und Drang obsolete.

Killing Lions and Wooing Hearts

By David F Lancy Ph.D. on May 02, 2017 in Benign Neglect
Why do adolescent males engage in risky behavior and what can be done about it?