Adolescent Health Sourcebook (Health Reference Series) by Amy L. Sutton

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STRONGER SENSE OF RIGHT AND WRONG Many teens sometimes feel sad or depressed. Depression can lead to poor grades at school, alcohol or drug use, unsafe sex, and other problems. Positive Parenting s 4RUST IS IMPORTANT FOR TEENAGERS %VEN AS SHE DEVELOPS INDEPENdence, she will need to know she has your support. At the same time, she will need you to respect her need for privacy. s "E HONEST AND DIRECT WITH YOUR TEENAGER WHEN TALKING ABOUT SENSITIVE SUBJECTS SUCH AS DRUGS DRINKING SMOKING AND SEX s %NCOURAGE YOUR TEENAGER TO GET EXERCISE (E OR SHE MIGHT JOIN a team or take up an individual sport.

EUROSCIENCEˆTHE STUDY OF BRAIN DEVELOPMENTˆHAS MADE GREAT strides over the past decade. This progress is due, in large part, to the development and continued sophistication of magnetic resoNANCE IMAGING -2) THAT SAFELY PROVIDES DETAILED AND ACCURATE pictures of the living, growing brain and of molecular biology, which has allowed for the molecular characterization of changes in brain growth and development in biological model systems. s 2ESEARCH HAS NOW DETERMINED THAT REMARKABLE CHANGES OCCUR IN the brain during the second decade of life.

Healthy risk-taking, not only important in itself, can help prevent unhealthy risktaking. DOLESCENTS OFTEN OFFER SUBTLE CLUES ABOUT THEIR NEGATIVE RISK taking behaviors through what they say about the behaviors of friends and family, including parents. Parents often stay silent about their own histories of risk-taking and experimenting, but it can be important to find ways to share this information with adolescents in order to serve as role models, to let teens know that mistakes are not fatal, and to encourage making healthier choices than those the parent may have made during his or her own adolescence.

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