The Teen Years Explained: A Guide to Healthy Adolescent Development


The book, The Teen Years Explained, sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Center for Adolescent Health, is meant to be a resource for youth advocates and youth advocate organizations in an effort to promote healthy development among teenagers. The four main ideas supported in this text are the following: (1) the teen years are a time of opportunity, (2) healthy development is sometimes uneven, (3) teens develop positive attributes through experiences, and (4) the larger community is essential in a teens transition into adulthood. There are chapters covering specific topics surrounding physical development, cognitive development, emotional and social development, forming an identity, sexuality, and spirituality and religion


  • Positive youth development is a framework for developing strategies and programs to promote healthy development. The core developmental assets typically includes what are known as the 5 C’s: competence, connection, character, confidence, and caring. (p. 4)
  • It is normal for young people to feel self-conscious and fret about their appearance. Once in a while, more serious difficulties arise as teens deal with physical changes. these include:
    • Fear, confusion, or withdrawal, especially during early adolescence, ages 10-14
    • Obsessive concern about appearance Excessive dieting or exercise
    • Early-maturing teens being exposed to social situations they may not be ready to handle (e.g., being invited to parties with older teens)
    • Experiencing depression and eating disorders Being bullied, teased, or excluded (p. 10)

Citation: NcNeely, C. & Blanchard, J. (n.d.) The teen years explained: A guide to healthy adolescent development. Retrieved from

Link to e-book.

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