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Adolescents

6 Ways That Adolescent Grief Is Different

Kenneth J. Doka, M.Div., Ph.D. | Posted 04.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Kenneth J. Doka, M.Div., Ph.D.

Grieving adolescents are often left to fend for themselves or are offered support from counselors outside their community immediately after an event. Such support may be unwelcome, particularly by adolescents.

Youth Help Little Victims of Plight

Suna Senman | Posted 04.16.2014 | Impact
Suna Senman

As little victims of plight, the children miss out on natural development through play and education. These children need the same care and security as any child in the world.

Guiding Teens: How Much Is Too Much?

Jan Cloninger and Rosemary Strembicki, LCSW | Posted 04.11.2014 | Parents
Jan Cloninger and Rosemary Strembicki, LCSW

Many of the emotions and tasks of becoming independent are revisited when our children experience their teen years. They become self-centered and struggle with understanding new experiences and integrating them into their knowledge of who they are.

If You're a Teen, Divergent Isn't Divergent At All

Steven Schlozman, M.D. | Posted 03.27.2014 | Entertainment
Steven Schlozman, M.D.

There is a hidden grain of resiliency buried near the surface of the dour and cloudy plots that these movies bring us. Remember that the best fiction, and especially the best fantasy fiction, often show us how NOT to behave.

Why I Care About Drug and Alcohol Use

Theodore Caputi | Posted 03.25.2014 | College
Theodore Caputi

Substance use is one of the most important public health issues of our time, and yet stigmatization impedes progress at every turn.

10 Reasons Why We Need Research Literacy, Not Scare Columns

David Kleeman | Posted 03.24.2014 | Healthy Living
David Kleeman

First and foremost, why jump straight to banning? Handheld devices are the "Swiss Army Knife" of modern life: a safety device to keep in contact with family and friends, a camera for documenting the world, a window to connect with grandparents across miles.

Interview with Jane Fonda on Her New Book About "Being a Teen"

Marianne Schnall | Posted 03.10.2014 | Books
Marianne Schnall

Helping teens has been a longtime passion of Fonda's, and learning about their needs, problems and questions compelled her to write her comprehensive new book, for which she consulted with a variety of additional resources and experts.

The Phase of Raising Tough Kids

Abby Rodman, LICSW | Posted 03.06.2014 | Parents
Abby Rodman, LICSW

Watching your children teeter on the threshold of adulthood is a thrilling and frightening thing. It's waiting to see whether the crops you planted -- of lessons imbued, forgiveness granted and love showered -- will yield a successful harvest.

Changing the Cultural Conversation About Adolescence

Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. | Posted 02.25.2014 | Parents
Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.

Since we are profoundly social creatures, it may not be such a surprise that our social experiences literally shape the wiring of our social brains.

When Motherhood Becomes More Complicated

Lindsey Mead | Posted 03.31.2014 | Parents
Lindsey Mead

It feels like as soon as I figured out how to truly love being a mother with children at home, it's almost over. More and more, I feel the tension between holding on and letting go.

What Does the Fox Say About Parenting Tweens and Teens?

Sarah Bamford Seidelmann | Posted 03.30.2014 | Parents
Sarah Bamford Seidelmann

Foxes and other wild animals have been raising teens for eons. Their dependents learn to fly in the dark, adapt to shifting environments and feed themselves. If they can teach their teens/tweens to survive on this planet, you can too.

Large Returns from Small Investments in Women's and Children's Health

Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin | Posted 03.18.2014 | Impact
Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin

There are no excuses: The logic is clear and we must respond with strong commitment and decisive action; we must make it happen now.

Science and the Adolescent Brain

Terrence Deak, Ph.D. | Posted 02.19.2014 | Science
Terrence Deak, Ph.D.

If we know that the brain is going through profound changes during adolescence, perhaps adolescents, parents, and teachers should try to learn a little more about how the brain works in general and some of the specific changes that occur during this time.

Advances in the Young Adult Cancer Movement: Why SAYAO Is a Big Deal

Emily Drake | Posted 02.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Emily Drake

The AYA cancer patient advocate movement has gained tremendous momentum in the last few years. However, it is imperative that health professionals become invested and educated on the needs of this unique group of patients in order for their health-related needs to be met.

Autism Conference in Washington Highlights Hope

Jim Luce | Posted 02.12.2014 | Impact
Jim Luce

Having written about being wowed by youth leader Joey Lowenstein (HuffPo), a teen living with and conquering autism, and preparing to award him the 20...

A Shift from Online to Offline: Adolescence, the Internet and Social Participation

Undergraduate Awards | Posted 02.11.2014 | Technology
Undergraduate Awards

Participants described their enhanced social self-esteem through positive peer feedback via online comments and 'likes' which reiterates their desire to ultimately seek social validation.

Getting it Right: Raising the Age and Justice System Reforms for Adolescents

Brooklyn Defender Services | Posted 02.10.2014 | New York
Brooklyn Defender Services

New York remains one of just two states nationally that prosecute sixteen and seventeen year-olds in adult criminal court, despite extensive research indicating that these practices are not effective at reducing criminality.

The Caregiver's Plea for Help

Pat Taylor | Posted 02.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Pat Taylor

Noah's innocent, honest assessment of his own needs while witnessing his brother's suffering echoed the very same cries for help and support that I had heard during the caregiver sessions at the conference in Las Vegas.

My Relentless Pursuit Of 'Cool'

Tom Cramer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Tom Cramer

I believe that some of what follows may be universal, and some of what follows undoubtedly was shaped by my own life experience. I am eternally grateful to have grown up in a loving family in a middle class suburb on the southwest side of Chicago in the 1970s.

Our Kids Are Growing Up Faster -- So Should We

Naama Bloom | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Naama Bloom

Early puberty certainly comes with medical implications but we also need to think about the psychological implications, which I believe we need to address in our homes and our schools.

How Much Is Too Much Online Time?

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

Today's parents are navigating uncharted territory when it comes to figuring out appropriate guidelines for kids and digital media.

Dress Codes and Other Sorry Excuses for Policing Identity

Marianne Mollmann | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Marianne Mollmann

Dress codes facilitate abuse, first by enforcing the notion that there is a "right" and a "wrong" way to dress, and that transgressers can and should be punished, and secondly by normalizing the punishment. There is no legitimate reason for this.

Student Leaders Offer Simple Solutions to School Challenges

Kyle Redford | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Kyle Redford

At the heart of Peer Group Connection is a simple and compelling premise: caring school cultures can be created by students connecting to students in healthy and supportive ways.

Parents, Don't Sit on the Cyber-Sidelines

Shari Kessel Schneider | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Shari Kessel Schneider

How do we protect our child when they are among the one in five youth who has been victimized? What if our child is one of hundreds of involuntary bystanders to a cyberbullying situation? What if our child is among the one in 10 teens who admits to harming others online or one the countless others who does so without realizing it?

Tools for Living

Susan Winston | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Susan Winston

When we talk about what concerns them most about leaving home, I am surprised about how little they know about living in the real world. Not one of them can cook... anything. I see four years of kids downing cereal and calling it a meal.