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  • New Year Ritual

    Continuing my theme about the importance of celebration and rituals in our lives, and especially involving teens in holiday rituals, here is a suggestion for a New Years Eve tradition. All you will need is a bowl, preferably metal, a pen, and pape...

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  • HIV and African American Teens

    It is not often you hear adults saying that teen girls need to talk more, but in fact, they need to talk more about HIV/AIDS, and adults need to talk with them! A recent op-ed by Janice Armstrong encouraged young black girls to stop having unprote...

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  • Put Your Mom in a Cell Phone

    We all know that moms and their nagging make us better people, so why not put a mom in every cell phone? It makes perfect sense, now doesn't it? Electronic mass marketing is actually cheap, and in some cases, very effective, particularly if you ar...

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  • Adolescent Brains and Risky Choices

    A new NIMH study documenting brain development could help explain why adolescents are prone to make riskier choices than adults and make it easier to detect mental illness. Results of this new study by Monique Ernst, MD, PhD, and her colleagues fr...

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  • Freedom is Associated with Less Sexual Activity

    Authoritarian parents take note - a new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health suggests that teens with more flexible parents are actually less likely to start having sex than teens with rigid and controlling parents.Warm, more democratic relat...

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  • Taking Back Our Teens!

    The teenage years, as miraculous and wonderful as they are, can be pretty tough on the teenagers moving through them. As parents, teachers, doctors, and other caring adults, we are their stability through the transition from childhood to adulthood...

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  • Teen Driving Risks, Guidance for Parents

    We have every reason to worry about our teen drivers, but like most things, there are ways we can help protect them. Traffic crashes are the #1 killer of teenagers and 1 in 4 crash fatalities in the United States involves a 16- to 24- year old. T...

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  • The "Used To Be" Empty Nest

    Here is a new parenting issue - how do parents handle having their college graduate come home to stay? According to Collegegrad.com it seems that more and more (77% last year) college graduates are not getting a job after college or setting up the...

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  • Coming of Age

    In the United States we categorize the life cycle into three different stages – childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. The period of adolescence, ages 13–22, includes physical changes associated with puberty completing middle school, high school, ...

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  • Social Norms and Teen Drinking

    Oh my, teachers are having DUI courts in middle school these days, suggesting that teen drinking and driving is a frequent enough occurrence to warrant early prevention, but the data says otherwise.I believe it is our own bad habits and the media ...

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Dr. Brown is a developmental psychologist specializing in adolescent health.

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