Brain Development in Teenagers
This brief video offers an entertaining look at the changes happening in the adolescent brain. Oxford University.
Video (2 minutes)
Why the Teenage Brain Has an Evolutionary Advantage
This 2017 video updates our understanding of brain development in adolescence.
Video (4 minutes)
Here, the general cognitive changes that adolescents experience are described, followed by brief information on unique issues that some young people experience. HHS Office of Adolescent Health.
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
Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Toolkit
The SEL Toolkit offers resources to help youth work professionals provide opportunities for social and emotional learning. Resources include manuals, activities, fact sheets, videos, and websites on the topics of self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making. ACT for Youth.
Social and Emotional Changes in Adolescence
Written for parents, this article outlines the social and emotional changes that often occur during the adolescent years. Healthy Families BC.
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.
Narrated Presentation (16 minutes)
Adolescent Mental Health Basics
In this article, the authors discuss the impact of mental health problems in adolescence, common warning signs, and common disorders. HHS Office of Adolescent Health.
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.
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.
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.