Teen Health 411
Teen Health 411
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  • Thinking About Bullying In A New Way

    At last, kids are not being told to ignore bullies anymore, and parents are not saying "kids will be kids!" It is about time that our culture decided that bullying is not a normal part of childhood and that handling it makes us more successful peo...

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  • Post Holiday Blues?

    Feeling a little slow, sad, or irritable during this last few days of the holiday season? Are you paying more attention to the advertisements for anti-depression medication? Do you have a list of things to do that is longer than the the available ...

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  • Contraceptive Use is Helping to Reduce Adolescent Pregnancy Rates

    So sorry to say - it is not abstinence! The January 2007 issue of the American Journal of Public Health includes an article that reports the declining adolescent pregnancy rates in the United States between 1995 and 2002 were primarily due to impr...

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  • Oral and Dental Complications of Piercing

    Keeping with the piercing theme, allow me to translate an article published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, during November 2006. Given the increasing popularity of oral piercing and a lack of research about it, several researchers studied 97...

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  • Oral Care for Adolescents

    Good nutrition and oral hygiene are particularly important for teens, and important for healthy smiles and gums. Parents are likely to not be paying as much attention as they did when their kids were younger, and teens, may be slacking off! The ev...

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  • Keep Teens Safe: Vote No on CA Prop 4

    Marketing seems to have infiltrated politics. The people of California are being encouraged with words like "secret, predator, Megan's law, coercion, & sexual abuse," to make it a law that parents be notified 48 hours before a teen can receive...

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  • Suicide Risk and Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual (GLB) Youth

    Every time I hear about a teen suicide that no one can explain, my heart breaks. You know the stories in the paper that report that a healthy, happy, athletic, beautiful, popular, and smart student has taken his (or her) own life and no one unders...

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  • Book Review: You're On Your Own (but I'm here if you need me)

    Marjorie Savage wrote You're On Your Own (but I'm here if you need me) to help parents mentor their children during the college years, and I definitely suggest that parents of high school seniors read it! I believe that having a good sense of what...

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  • Mothers and Community

    I had the pleasure of attending a Symposium for Mothers in Palo Alto on March 17, 2007 where Dr. Mary Pipher was speaking, and I want to share with you some of the things I heard that day.First, I have to say it was a wonderful feeling to be with ...

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  • Teens and Pets

    ???????????????????????????????????????????There is something magical about the relationship between pets and teens. They seem to love one another unconditionally, and pets seem to bring out the best in teens.No matter how cranky a teen might feel...

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About the Author

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

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