Your teen is supposed to argue with you. How you handle it will help them long after they’ve left home

In the aftermath of an(other) argument with your teen, you may feel defeated, demoralized, and wondering how your relationship will weather the storm of adolescence. Even if you’re used to butting heads with your kid from their younger years, friction with a teen just hits differently. In fact, some research shows that the number of conflicts you have with your kids actually goes down as they enter their teen years, but the intensity goes up.
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Omega-3 fatty acids, and in particular DHA, are associated with increased attention scores in adolescents

Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is associated with a greater capacity for selective and sustained attention in adolescents, while alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) is associated with lower impulsivity, according to a study co-led by ISGlobal, a center supported by the "la Caixa" Foundation and the Pere Virgili Institute for Health Research (ISPV). The results, published in European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, confirm the importance of having a diet that provides sufficient amounts of these polyunsaturated fatty acids for a healthy brain development.
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How Stereotypes About Teens Cause Harm

Negative stereotypes about teenagers impact teens' self-conceptions and beliefs about normative behaviors. Teenagers endorsing negative stereotypes about themselves engage in more risk-taking. Teenagers endorsing negative stereotypes about themselves experience brain changes associated with reduced cognitive control. We’ve all heard the stereotypes that teenagers are rebellious, troublemaking, or lazy. To some...
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Keeping Teens Safe From Trendy Social Media Challenges

The latest social media challenge encourages people to cook chicken in NyQuil, presumably to get high using the over-the-counter cold medicine. The draw towards these social media challenges may be motivated by peer pressure, to gain popularity, or sometimes even to defy parents. The simple and effective preventive measure parents...

How to Parent Your Kid Through These Four Stages of Adolescence

Maybe it’s the long, sleepless nights or the never-ending temper tantrums, but many new parents believe the most demanding days of parenting are in their child’s early years. It can be a long adjustment period for mothers and fathers to change their behaviors around the newest (and loudest) family member. But according to psychologist and parenting expert Dr. Carl Pickhardt, if you think early childhood is tough, you’d better buckle up for adolescence.

Children who experience adversity have more police contact in adolescence

1. In a prospective cohort study, greater numbers of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) in early childhood were associated with an increased risk for police contact in adolescence. 2. The association between ACE exposure in early childhood and adolescent police contact was mediated by multiple behavioral health concerns, most notably externalizing...

What Happened to Adolescence?

Adolescence is a time to develop skills and capacities for independence, responsibility, and meaningful relationships. Over the past 30 years, typical activities of adolescence have been replaced with highly structured “enrichment." Children of all ages need more developmentally appropriate, unsupervised, unstructured time in order to succeed as adults. By...
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Growing Community: The pain, and possibility, of parenting teens

We’ve written often in this column about early childhood development and the importance of the efforts we make to support our babies, toddlers and preschoolers at a time when their brains are going through an extraordinary period of growth. Even while our youngest children can be frustrating and hard...

Leveraging the science of stress to promote resilience and optimize mental health interventions during adolescence

Adolescence is marked by heightened stress exposure and psychopathology, but also vast potential for opportunity. We highlight how researchers can leverage both developmental and individual differences in stress responding and corticolimbic circuitry to optimize interventions during this unique developmental period. Stress and mental health in adolescence. Stress is a potent...