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Adolescence is a time of emotional and physical change and growth when youth begin to make health choices for themselves. This section includes research-based information on healthy human sexuality, grief and loss, pregnancy prevention, stress, depression, alcohol use, physical activity and sports.


Dr. Nicole LaVoi
Dr. Nicole LaVoi

Dr. Diane Wiese-Bjornstal
Dr. Diane Wiese-Bjornstal
Dr. Maureen Weiss
Dr. Maureen Weiss

Physical activity as a context for youth development
Nicole LaVoi, Diane Wiese-Bjornstal, Maureen Weiss

A panel of researchers from Tucker Center for Research on Girls and Women in Sports discuss in a 90-minute video presentation how physical activity is a primary context for youth development. 2008

Reports & articles

Youth self-protection
Sharon K.B. Wright

Adolescent alcohol use and abuse is a serious issue in Minnesota. Educating very young children about the affects of alcohol helps them develop the skills they'll need for self-protection. 2005

Adolescent stress and depression
Produced by Extension: Joyce Walker

A fact sheet from the University of Minnesota Extension Youth Development on the triggers for adolescent stress and depression, and identifying which groups are at highest risk. 2002

Broadening the perspective on health and youth development (PDF)
Produced by Extension: Nikki Sigler Andrews and Stephen Russell
4-H must address modern youth health issues, the authors argue, even if it is sometimes uncomfortable. Includes a brief description of the origins of 4-H. 2000

Related organizations

Center for Excellence in Children's Mental Health
Works closely with University of Minnesota research experts, community providers, and policy makers to improve mental health practice for Minnesota's children.

A database of research-based youth development materials, particularly for at-risk audiences. Includes curricula, new and seminal research, technology and program evaluation resources.

Search Institute
Research-based solutions to challenges facing young people.

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