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What's Normal for Teen development

More Information on Teen development

BrainConnection.comPosit Science— is dedicated to providing accessible, high-quality information about how the brain works and how people learn.

Center for Adolescent HealthJohns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health — The Center for Adolescent Health is committed to assisting urban youth to become healthy and productive adults.

Inside the Teenage BrainPublic Broadcasting System — This episode of FRONTLINE explores how the new discoveries can change the way we parent, teach, or perhaps even understand, our teenagers.

The Secret Life of the BrainPublic Broadcasting System — This five part series reveals the processes involved in brain development across a lifetime.

Understand Ages & StagesParentFurther —  This section of the ParentFurther website gives you insights about what's happening with your children and ideas of ways you can respond that tap and nurture their strengths.

Parenting.orgBoys Town — Boys Town offers a vast library of parenting information and articles developed over many decades by child behavior experts.

Parenting 24-7 University of Illinois Extension— A "one-stop" source of articles with research-based information, video clips of parents and experts, breaking news and commentary, newsletters, and recommendations to the best parenting resources on the web.

All About the Teen YearsPartnership for a Drug-free America — Ninety percent of addictions begin during the teens years. Learn why, and learn how you can take a more active role in prevention.

Teen developmentMedline Plus — A compilation of resources covering the basics, the specifics, and more.

Books on Teen development

Fox, L., & Frankel, H. (2005). Breaking the code: Two teens reveal the secrets to better parent-child communication. New York: Penguin Group.

Steinberg, L. (2004). The 10 basic principles of good parenting. New York: Simon & Schuster.

Steinberg, L. (2011). You and your adolescent: The essential guide for ages 10-25. New York: Simon & Schuster.

Strauch, B. (2003). The primal teen: What the new discoveries about the teenage brain tell us about our kids. New York: Random House.

Walsh, D. (2014). Why do they act that way? A survival guide to the adolescent brain for you and your teen. New York: Free Press.


Gardner, M., & Steinberg, L. (2005). Peer influence on risk-taking, risk preference, and risky decision-making in adolescence and adulthood: An experimental study. Developmental Psychology, 41, 625-635.

McNeely, C., & Blanchard, J. (2010). The teen years explained: A guide to healthy adolescent development. Center for Adolescent Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Steinberg, L. (2008). Adolescence. New York: McGraw-Hill.

Simpson, A. R. (2001). Raising teens: A synthesis of research and a foundation for action. Boston: Center for Health Communication, Harvard School of Public Health.

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