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Adolescence Resources


Adolescence Directory On-Line, University of Indiana

Focus Adolescent Services – An online clearinghouse of information, resources and support for teens and parents.

Kidshealth – A comprehensive resource on all health-related issues for children, adolescents and teens – written for parents, kids or teens.

Society for Research on Adolescence – Society for Research on Adolescence (SRA) is a dynamic, multidisciplinary, international organization dedicated to understanding adolescence through research and dissemination.

Stanford University Center on Adolescence


David Elkind (1998 rev. ed., 1984). All Grown Up and No Place to Go. Addison Wesley. – A classic book explaining the stress on adolescents in terms of their being hurried children pushed to grow up so fast that they learn by imitation rather than integration and become “patchwork selves.”

S. Shirley Feldman & Glen R. Elliott (1993). At the Threshold: The Developing Adolescent. Cambridge: Harvard University Press. – Specialists here interpret the research on a broad range of adolescent issues: Minority Youth, Changing Family Systems, Peer Groups and Peer Culture, Schools, Leisure, Mass Media, Sexuality, Identity Development, and much more. This is the result of a major, long-awaited Carnegie Foundation study.

Frances E. Jensen (2015). The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults. Harper. 384pp. – Using research and anecdotes from personal experience, the author “explores adolescent brain functioning and development in the contexts of learning and multitasking, stress and memory, sleep, addiction, and decision-making…to share specific ways in which parents, educators, and even the legal system can help them navigate their way more smoothly into adulthood.”

Rolf Muuss (1995). Theories of Adolescence. 6th ed. McGraw-Hill. – A fine history of the classic explanations of adolescence considering the educational implications of each idea.

Carl Pickhardt (2013). Surviving Your Child’s Adolescence: How to Understand, and Even Enjoy, the Rocky Road to Independence. Jossey-Bass. 288pp. – “Learn what your child is going through and what you can do to help your teen navigate this difficult period. In an easy-to-read style, Dr. Pickhardt describes a 4-stage model of adolescent growth to help parents anticipate common developmental changes in their daughter or son from late elementary school through the college age years.”

David Pruitt (2000). Your Adolescent: Emotional, Behavioral, and Cognitive Development from Early Adolescence Through the Teen Years: What Every Parents Needs to Know – What’s Normal, What’s Not, and When to Seek Help. William Morrow. 400pp.

Daniel J. Siegel (2014). Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain. Tarcher. 336pp. – “Between the ages of 12 and 24, the brain changes in important, and oftentimes maddening, ways. It’s no wonder that many parents approach their child’s adolescence with fear and trepidation. If parents and teens can work together to form a deeper understanding of the brain science behind all the tumult, they will be able to turn conflict into connection and form a deeper understanding of one another.”

Laurence Steinberg (2014). Age of Opportunity: Lessons from the New Science of Adolescence. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 272pp. – “A leading authority draws on new research to explain why the adolescent years are so developmentally crucial, and what we must do to raise happier, more successful kids.”

Laurence Steinberg (2011). You and Your Adolescent: The Essential Guide for Ages 10-25. (Revised ed.) Simon & Schuster. 432pp. – “Dr. Steinberg writes, ‘Most books written for parents of teenagers were survival guides (many still are). Nowadays, adolescence is too long—15 years in some families—for mere survival. Knowledge, not fortitude, is what today’s parents need. That’s where this book comes in.'”


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