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Toolkit: Adolescent Development Overview

Adolescent Development OverviewAvailable in a variety of formats, the resources below offer overviews of adolescent development. Also see Domains of Development for specific resources on cognitive, social, emotional, physical, and sexual development, as well as Identity Development.

The Teen Years Explained: A Guide to Healthy Adolescent Development

This 2009 guide describes the normal physical, cognitive, emotional and social, sexual, identity formation, and spiritual changes that happen during adolescence and how adults can promote healthy development. Center for Adolescent Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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Adolescent Development

This easy-to-read resource shares basic information about adolescent development including: emotional, social, and sexual development; developmental tasks; and information about the positive youth development approach. ACT for Youth Center of Excellence.

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Adolescent Development: What's Going on in There?

In this narrated presentation, Janis Whitlock offers an overview of the stages of adolescent development, including the central tasks, challenges, and opportunities of adolescence. ACT for Youth Center of Excellence.

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Stages of Adolescent Development (chart)

This easy-to-use tool summarizes stages of adolescence for early, middle, and late adolescent development periods. It makes a great handout for professionals and parents! ACT for Youth Center of Excellence.

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Stages of Adolescent Development (article)

Fact Sheet: This fact sheet summarizes the physical and psycho-social markers of healthy adolescent development, and notes very briefly the major theories of adolescent development. ACT for Youth Center of Excellence.

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Facts for Families: Normal Adolescent Development Part I

This fact sheet discusses adolescence in middle school and the beginning of high school years, offering lists of normal feelings and behaviors that adolescents experience during this developmental period. Topics covered include: movements toward independence; future interests and cognitive changes; sexuality; morals, values, and self-direction. American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

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Facts for Families: Normal Adolescent Development Part II

This fact sheet discusses the late high school years and young adulthood. The resource offers lists of normal feelings and behaviors young people experience during this developmental period. Topics covered include: movements toward independence; future interests and cognitive changes; sexuality; morals, values, and self-direction. American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

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Developing Adolescents: A Reference for Professionals

This 2002 guide describes the characteristics of adolescents as well as aspects of the contexts in which they live that make a difference in promoting healthy adolescent development. This comprehensive resource includes sections on: physical, cognitive, emotional, social, and behavioral development. American Psychological Association.

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Adolescent Development

In this 2001 article, psychology professors Laurence Steinberg and Amanda Morris review and discuss research in adolescent development with a focus on problem behavior, parent-adolescent relationships, puberty, the development of the self, and peer relationships. Annual Review of Psychology.

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Adolescent Development: Aspects

This page provides a concise overview of adolescent development for educators and professionals working with young people in reproductive health care settings and prevention programs. Resource Center for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention, ETR Associates.

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HealthyChildren.org

This website offers easy-to-understand materials about adolescent development. Topics covered include: physical, intellectual, emotional, and social development. Resources are also available on dating and sex, fitness, nutrition, safety, school, and substance abuse. American Academy of Pediatrics.

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The Future of Children: Transition to Adulthood

This 2010 publication offers a comprehensive review of research that assesses how well institutions support today's young adults in their quest for education, economic independence, family formation, and civic responsibility. Policies to make these institutions more effective are also suggested.

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Adolescent Development E-Learning Module

This online course presents information to help you better appreciate how and why young people behave the way they do, and understand how to help young people make better decisions about their sexual health. Areas discussed include biological and brain development, cognitive development, identity and social development, and promoting healthy youth development. Office of Adolescent Health.

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