Having a social support system is important for mental health.
The need to keep a physical distance conflicts with adolescents’ natural desire to connect with friends - their regular source of distraction and emotional support.
Ccommunication tended to be one-sided and used fear.
Equipping parents with the right information on what to talk about, and how to talk about it, is a key step in addressing challenges to sexual health.
Helping boys through their voice change can keep the joy of singing alive.
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Many boys stop singing at adolescence – but with the right support, they can continue to sing through their voice change and emerge as lifetime singers.
The state-sponsored pop cultural renaissance of Korea shows how language isn't an obstacle to world domination.
Ko tā te kāwanatanga Kōrea whakahou i te ahurea o te marea, kei te whakaatu kāore te reo e aukati ana i tō angitu i te pae matawhānui o te ao.
Adolescents need to be part of prevention interventions.
Underlying social and structural causes of behaviour - such as poverty and gender disparities - are often ignored. But these are potential drivers of HIV infection among young people.
Some experts were concerned about the creation of unrealistic expectations, links with gender-based violence, and the potential for addiction. Others said education might help to offset these harms.
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.
Millions of U.S. high school students have used e-cigarettes.
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Current legislation focuses on the flavor of e-cigarettes. But the latest research shows the attraction isn't about taste.
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.
Child marriage is still a major issue in Nigeria
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Understanding the drivers of early childbearing in specific contexts is important for effective policy making.
New research show a justice system designed to deal with adult perpetrators rather than children is inadvertently making matters worse.
Lizzo’s hit songs include a lot of profanity.
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A cognitive scientist observes that the words that bother college-age Americans today can cause harm.
Obesity is a problem affecting many Australian children. We need solutions, but is a weight loss app a good idea?
Targeting kids with a weight loss app could perpetuate body image issues and lead to disordered eating. Yes, childhood obesity is a problem – but we must tread carefully when delivering solutions.
Comprensive sexual education curricula in school are essential – to teach youth how to be responsible digital citizens and to keep them safe.
Youth who are sexting are four times more likely to be having sex. They are five times more likely to have had multiple sexual partners and twice as likely not to be using contraception.
Addressing HIV stigma through utilising the Acholi’s own local cultural system is an empowering process that will position the role of the elders back into the community.
Many teenagers who self-harm do so to cope with overwhelming thoughts and emotions.
A doctor explains how he introduces mindfulness to self-harming youth in the emergency room.
David Gillespie’s new book is full of exaggerated claims that are often not backed up by science.
In his new book, Teen Brain, David Gillespie suggests anxiety and other problems are on the rise among teenagers due to smartphones and tablets. This could be true, but his claims are overblown.
Research shows that physical activity and avoiding screens before bed are both strategies to protect your teenagers’ sleep.
When teenagers sleep for less than eight hours a night, they are at increased risk of suicide, being overweight, high rates of injury, poor sustained attention and low school grades.
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.