The Teen Years Explained: A Guide to Healthy Adolescent Development

Summary:

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

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  • 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 http://www.jhsph.edu/research/centers-and-institutes/center-for-adolescent-health/_includes/Interactive%20Guide.pdf

Link to e-book.

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