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Stephen Gray Wallace, director of the Center for Adolescent Research and Education (CARE), has broad experience as a school psychologist and adolescent/family counselor. He is also a senior advisor to SADD, director of counseling and counselor training at Cape Cod Sea Camps, and a parenting expert at For more information about Stephen’s work, please visit

Entries by Stephen Gray Wallace

Any Given Day

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2014 | 12:58 PM

According to an African proverb, "Hope is the pillar of the world." A stronghold of sorts in environments filled with ever-changing circumstances.

As it turns out, hope has been positively linked to everything from medical recovery to academic achievement, and pretty much everything in between.

One of those in-betweens...

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House of Lies

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 6:36 PM

Late October focus groups with teens and parents in Chicago, Illinois, and Alexandria, Virginia, yielded a familiar, if disconcerting, reality gap between well-meaning parents and their sometimes less than honest offspring. For example, a teen might say his parents give him free rein on weekends because they trust him, yet...

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Gone Girl

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 12:44 PM

The tragic conclusion of the search for University of Virginia student Hannah Graham reminds us of the vulnerability of young adults in college. Indeed, this academic year has already spawned tragic tales of missing, injured and dead college students spanning schools across the country.

While each case...

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Better Days

(1) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 6:48 PM

September's National Suicide Prevention Week and World Suicide Prevention Day brought much-needed attention to the international abyss that is death by one's own choice and the preventable nature of these tragedies.

Perhaps the call for prevention is most salient when applied to young people ages 10 to 24, for whom...

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Lessons Learned

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 3:19 PM

With the start of a new school year upon us, it may be parents who are most in need of education... at least when it comes to teen driving.

New research from SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) and Liberty Mutual Insurance highlights the fact that many parents are...

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A Happy Camper

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 3:03 PM

This summer, 10 million children are enjoying time at camp -- half at one of the more than 2,400 accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA). The derivatives of these experiences have been cataloged in ACA's Directions research report. Among other positive benefits, the data reveal that young people attending...

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Falling Up

(1) Comments | Posted June 5, 2014 | 4:29 PM

A growing body of work on youth resiliency, character development and protective factors points to the efficacy of struggle -- even failure -- in best preparing young people to find fulfillment and advancement.

The pioneering research of Norman Garmezy, who found that urban poverty does not necessarily translate...

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Say What?

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2014 | 5:08 PM

Say it isn't so... teens who "don't drink and drive" may drink and drive; teens who don't "text behind the wheel" may text behind the wheel; and teens who serve as "designated drivers," may drink or use other drugs.

Not everything is as it seems, it seems.


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A Consequence of Character

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2014 | 2:03 PM

A new study on youth leadership from the Center for Adolescent Research and Education (CARE) at Susquehanna University confirms quantitatively what researchers have learned qualitatively from kids at camp. "Life lessons" learned during adolescence -- such as those related to individual responsibility and the importance of personal initiative -- inform...

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LOL (Love Out Loud)

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 1:29 PM

An important developmental step on the way to adulthood is achieving the ability to both accept and give love. More than a task, it is a gift. A gift particularly powerful in times of crisis, such as the death of a young person.

Such sad occasions give urgency to...

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What Boys Need

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2014 | 5:30 PM

In the run-up to Valentine's Day, some are still asking, "What do boys want?" A case in point is a recent article in Time magazine (Dec. 2013) bearing a derivative of that question as its title. In "What Boys Want," educator and author Rosalind Wiseman revisits a larger body of...

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Lonely Street of Dreams

(0) Comments | Posted January 10, 2014 | 12:12 PM

Many young people dream of the day they'll finally head off to college, independent and on their own. Often underestimated -- by students and parents alike -- is the difficulty of transitioning to new responsibilities, new schedules and new support systems. That difficulty is too often reflected in student stress...

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Comfortably Numb

(3) Comments | Posted December 20, 2013 | 1:15 PM

The sentence of probation received by Texas 16-year-old Ethan Couch for killing four people in an impaired driving crash (alcohol and Valium) drew immediate -- and scathing -- criticism from across the land. And now new calls have come from the district attorney for incarceration.

What the sentence did not...

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