Scientists and advocates around the world are in support of evidence-based, science-informed public policies.
The changes that society needs, such as preventing adolescent pregnancies, will not happen until researchers can use their findings to influence policy change.
For years, it was thought the brain only grew during childhood, and changed very little thereafter.
Research on the brain's development could help explain why mental health problems often arise first during adolescence.
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Positive experiences in romantic relationships can improve communication skills and conflict management skills.
The neighbourhood a child grows up in may influence their health for years to come by changing the activity of their genes.
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This decades-long study found that living in poorer communities changes how genes are regulated.
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Exam revision and parties are a traditional part of growing up.
Many kids use screens all day long and are adept at reading what they see on them.
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Understanding others' emotions is a crucial social skill. Counter to concerns about screen time stunting kids' development, one study suggests they're getting better at recognizing emotion on screen.
Knowing the truth about one’s origins is crucial to identity formation, according to adoption experts.
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Experts recommend adopted children be told about their origins, no matter how difficult the circumstances, but doing so is tricky for adoptive parents.
Dogs can behave like teenagers too. But it's just a passing phase – and the quality of the dog-owner relationship matters.
The last thing adolescents want is to be trapped at home alone, by order of their parents.
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Together the social and emotional 'jobs' of adolescence – developing intimate friendships and achieving autonomy – make teens uniquely resistant to calls for social distancing.
The tab for enrolling your child can cost $6,000 a month or more.
As many as 100,000 US adolescents currently spend at least part of the year in these therapeutic or disciplinary programs.
Every kid should have their own cell phone. Or should they?
If you're thinking about a smartphone, talk with your parents.
A number of factors contribute to the lower rates of uptake of HIV treatment by adolescents.
There's an urgent need for interventions to increase uptake of antiretroviral therapy and improve services for adolescents.
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If you thought this was about boring box-ticking chats before you leave school for the last time, think again.
Harnessing adolescents’ readiness to help can be good for them and their communities.
Teens get a bad rap as selfish, dangerous risk-takers. But neuroscience and psychology research is revising that image: Adolescents are primed to help those around them, with positive benefits for all.
Parental role-modelling, encouragement and seeking support from the school can help make the awkward bits of making friends as a teen easier.
Navigating friendships as a teen can be hard. Parents can help by modelling good behaviour and making sure their teen feels they can talk to them about their friendships.
If screens are kept at an arm’s length, measures of well-being tend to improve.
As their kids get older, should parents should be more – not less – vigilant?
The character of Kayla in ‘Eighth Grade’ is a true-to-life representation of an anxious teen.
Almost a third of American adolescents have anxiety disorders. Researchers in developmental neuroscience are figuring out that how the brain matures over time may be part of the reason why.
Sex-ed can equip and empower young people to make healthy and safe choices about their sexuality for themselves and for others.
The notion that religious groups are opposed to sex-ed is simply not true. And our youth need it more than ever to take control over their lives, their bodies and their decisions.
Boosting someone else may deliver a mood boost to you too.
Psychology researchers found that daily acts of kindness were linked to increases in positive mood – especially for teens who felt depressed.
Ideas of when ‘adulthood’ starts for young people are changing around the world.
'Emerging adulthood' offers a contemporary view of young adults, as perceptions and definitions shift worldwide.