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  • Girls and Body Image

    There is a very scary myth out there that plastic surgery improves self-esteem. Dr. Jenny O'Dea from the University of Sydney recently said in an interview with someone from The Border Mail that 27% of the 4,000 girls between the ages of 11 and 18...

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  • My Sister's Keeper: Movie & Book Review

    My daughters and I had heard that the book was very different from the movie, and since we usually prefer the books, we all read the book before seeing the movie. As expected, the book is amazing and much more complex and emotional than the movie....

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  • Misuse of Stimulants

    Substance misuse and abuse affect a large percentage of US high school students. Alcohol abuse and illicit drug use often receive more attention, but there is a growing concern on the misuse of prescription stimulant medications often prescribed f...

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  • Teen Pregnancy and Educational Achievement

    I guess I will quit hoping that I become a grandmother in the near future. New research from Child Trends suggests that one in three teen mothers never earns her high school diploma or GED. The younger the teen parent, the less likely she is to co...

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  • Four Generations Overcoming Addiction

    A recent survey commissioned by Hazeldon, a substance abuse treatment center, has inspired a campaign to start family conversations about alcohol. They call the campaign "Four Generations Overcoming Addiction," and it encourages parents to talk wi...

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  • Piercing and Teens

    Well parents, it is only a matter of time before you hear it - "Mom, Dad, can I get my [body part] pierced?"Be prepared. The good news is that you can let a piercing grow together - a tattoo is forever. More good news - in California, people under...

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  • Is it Consensual Sex or Rape?

    The Washington Post recently published a story that disturbed me deeply. The story "Court Says Consensual Sex Can't Become Rape" by Ernesto Londono reported about a Court of Special Appeals in Maryland that overturned a rape conviction based on a...

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  • Celebrating Girls and Women in Sports

    Pretty Tough LLC, a lifestyle brand as well as online community, has a web site full of new and vintage sports-related videos, music, products (hence the ".com"), female athlete & coach profiles, and even a book club. Everything about this sit...

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  • Reaching Adults - Teens Text Questions About Sex

    As if we needed any more indications that the sexuality education we teach in schools might not be working, the latest place for teens to find answers to their questions is via cell phone.In spite of web sites that allow teens to ask anonymous que...

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  • How To Help Teens Handle Test Stress

    The junior year of high school includes a huge number of tests including midterms, finals, AP exams, SAT tests that all contribute to which colleges a teen will get into. The pressure is intense and even the mellowest teen will experience at leas...

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

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