The Adolescent Brain: A Work in Progress
This 2005 publication presents a large and compelling body of scientific research on the neurological development of teens. It confirms a long-held, common-sense view: teenagers are not the same as adults in a variety of key areas, such as the ability to make sound judgments when confronted by complex situations, the capacity to control impulses, and the ability to plan effectively. The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.
Sarah-Jayne Blakemore: The Mysterious Workings of the Adolescent Brain
Why do teens behave the way they do? In this talk, cognitive neuroscientist Sarah-Jayne Blakemore discusses recent findings in adolescent brain development, emphasizing the social brain. TED Talk.
Video (14 minutes)
The Teen Brain: Insights from Neuroimaging
Jay Giedd, a leading scientist researching the developing brain, gives a talk about adolescent brains and digital media. Brain and Behavior Research Foundation.
Video (34 minutes)
Social and Emotional Development
Adolescent Emotional Development
This presentation offers a discussion of adolescent emotional development. The presentation covers: the importance of emotions, what constitutes "emotional development" and emotional intelligence, and the challenges and opportunities of emotional development in adolescence. The differences between younger and older adolescents, girls and boys, and cultural influences on emotional development are also briefly reviewed. ACT for Youth Center of Excellence.
Narrated Presentation (16 minutes)
This 2003 fact sheet reviews research on adolescent self-esteem. Central themes include the effects of gender, ethnicity, and social class on self-esteem, as well as approaches to increasing adolescents' self-esteem. ACT for Youth Center of Excellence.
The Mental Health of Adolescents: A National Profile, 2008
Since positive mental health has not been evaluated thoroughly, this resource reviews current data and trends in terms of mental health diagnoses while acknowledging the limitations of available data. Utilization of health services and treatment options are discussed as well. National Adolescent Health Information Center.
Understanding Sexual Development
This section of the ACT for Youth website provides an overview of sexual development and presents links between gender and sexual behavior.
Healthy Adolescent Sexual Development
Narrated Presentation: This presentation by Dr. Richard Kreipe discusses basic terminology related to healthy adolescent sexual development; introduces key biological, psychological, and social features of normal adolescent sexual development; and looks at various issues and behaviors in the context of healthy adolescent sexual development. Dr. Kreipe is Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Rochester Medical Center. ACT for Youth Center of Excellence.
Narrated Presentation (29 minutes)
Anatomy of Puberty
In this presentation, Dr. Richard Kreipe helps the listener understand the physical changes of puberty, as well as concerns that adolescents may have as their bodies change. ACT for Youth Center of Excellence.
Narrated Presentation (17 minutes)
Adolescent Sexual Development
This quick reference provides facts about sexual development in early, middle, and late adolescence, as well as tips for parents and professionals. Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative, Michigan Department of Community Health.
Sexual Behaviors and Health in Adolescence
While sexual development is central to adolescence, sex can be risky if youth do not have the supports they need. This section of the ACT for Youth website covers risks associated with sexual behaviors, STDs, HIV/AIDS, and pregnancy in adolescence.