Teen Health 411
Teen Health 411
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  • The Ideal Relationship With A Parent

    As a parent, sometimes it is hard to know how our teens perceive us. We all want to be there for our children and have a great relationship with each of them, but sometimes they might not perceive our actions the same way we intend them to, so her...

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  • Facts About Teen Sexual Activity

    This week the Kaiser Family Foundation released an updated fact sheet on Teen Sexual Activity that covers a broad range of sexual health topics facing teens including general sexual activity; sexual partners and relationships; sex, substance abuse...

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  • Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Book Review

    I cannot believe I have finished reading what J.K. Rowling promises was the last of the Harry Potter books. It feels like the beginning of my empty nest phase of life. My kids and I have read every book out loud and then silently to ourselves sin...

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  • Teen Smoking

    According to the Health Behavior News Service, Health Psychology recently published a meta-analysis of 48 articles published about teen smoking cessation programs and quit rates. The adolescents who enrolled in these studies smoked an average of ...

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  • Grade Inflation and Teens

    Grades seem out of control but what is worse (from a teacher's perspective) is the entitled expectation students seem to have - that if they put in hard work, the result should equal an "A." More and more teachers are finding themselves faced with...

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  • TV May Hurt Attention and Learning Skills

    There is more research supporting my position that TV is rotting the brains of America's youth. Two recent studies suggest that time spent watching TV, which is not intellectually challenging, would be better spent interacting with others, reading...

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  • Online Food Advertising to Kids Another Venue to Market Junk Food

    A report released in July by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 85% of the top food brands that target children through television advertising also have Web sites that market to children. These corporate-sponsored sites are primarily marketin...

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  • When Teens Start Dating

    After you get over the urge to run and hide, lock your teen in the bathroom, shave his or her head, and save yourself, take a deep breath and think about what is important here. You are likely panicked because you know that sooner or later someon...

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  • Sexual Knowledge in U.S. May Be Low (Duh!)

    A recent survey of 1,800 people between the ages of 18 and 29 conducted by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy (National Campaign) found that most sexually active unmarried young adults believe pregnancy should be planned...

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  • Speaking Out About Adolescent Sexuality

    The Reverend Debra Haffner is talking about adolescent sexuality again, and I love it! The Center for American Progress published an article recently in which Reverend Haffner talks about the fact that parents in the United States seem to be rais...

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

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