Adolescence Essential Reads


Do Asexuals Have Sexual Fantasies and Do They Masturbate?

There is a spectrum of asexuality with a variety of sex drives, attractions, fantasies, and masturbations.

Adolescence: Your Parenting Work Is Not Over Yet

A parent’s job changes at a child’s adolescence. Be available while letting go. Argue. Laugh. Love the person your child really is, underneath all the identities they’re trying on.

Six Reasons Why Individuals Choose Suicide

Have you been affected by a suicide this year?

Margaret Mead and the Great Samoan Nurture Hoax

Margaret Mead’s claim that nurture prevailed over nature in Samoan childhood and adolescence has been shown to be completely fictitious.
Carl Pickhardt Ph.D.

Teaching the Early Adolescent About Freedom

Adolescence are concerned with getting freedom to grow -- freedom from from old restraints and freedom for new opportunity. Parents need to speak to both concerns.
AVEN's Flag

Asexuality: A Brief Primer

“Asexuality does not make our lives any worse or any better, we just face a different set of challenges than most sexual people.”

Boys Will Be Boys—Even If Raised Believed to Be Girls

Boys born seeming to be girls and socialised as such revert to male after puberty in ~90% of cases, providing an acid test of nature versus nurture.

Behind the Smoke-Screen of Vaping: E-Cigarettes

By Sylvia R. Karasu M.D. on February 03, 2017 in The Gravity of Weight
Electronic cigarettes have become big business throughout the U.S. and worldwide. What do we really know about the safety of these products?

Age of Consent: How Old Is Old Enough for Sex?

By Michael Castleman M.A. on February 01, 2017 in All About Sex
In most states, the "age of consent," the age when adolescents can legally have sex, is 16. It used to be considerably younger.
Ritch C Savin-Williams

More Bisexual Women? Think Again.

Decisions the authors made regarding sexuality as categorical rather than a continuum led to a misinterpretation of their data.

The Effects of Digital Technology on Reading

What kind of materials are better read in print than on a screen?
eric maisel

How Parents Can Help Their Children Without Psychiatric Meds

Are parents being served by the current "mental disorder labeling and medicating" model? Join experts from around the world as we look at alternative models and helping strategies.

University Student Mental Health

In these uncertain and anxiety-provoking times, our universities have an increased responsibility to support student mental health and wellbeing.

Gaydar: Do You Have It?

Cues include adornment, body movement, voice, and facial features—but are these accurate? Can bisexuals be detected?
Dora Calott Wang

Separate and Unequal

By Dora Calott Wang M.D. on January 07, 2017 in The Kitchen Shrink
How can we make America a more equal and prosperous society for our kids?
Dawid Zawiła

A Moment in Time

By Stephen Gray Wallace on January 01, 2017 in Decisions Teens Make
Some might suggest that, today, we stand at a moment of decision – at least with regard to the futures of our children.

For Depressed Teens, Therapy Shows No Edge Over Routine Care

By Peter D Kramer on December 22, 2016 in In Practice
In a major new study, two standard psychotherapies—cognitive-behavioral and brief psychoanalytic—did no better than routine psychiatric care for adolescent depression.
Carl Pickhardt Ph.D.

The Parent's Job With an Adolescent in High School

The parent's "home schooling" curriculum for their high school student is preparing the young person for more independent functioning after the high school years.

If We Don't Ask, We'll Never Know

By Mitch Prinstein Ph.D. on December 07, 2016 in The Modern Teen
After a few minutes with a mental health professional, this is what parents are shocked to learn about their kids.

The "Failure to Launch" Epidemic

By Hara Estroff Marano on December 05, 2016 in Nation of Wimps
Turning out OK is no longer an outcome acceptable to parents. Today children must be optimized. And that may be why failure-to-launch is a growing problem among young adults.

Social Anxiety: A Single-Session Cure

My patient never returned. Her father called four days later, delighted to report that I had “worked a miracle.” Yet I see what happened as a failure on my part.

A Step-Child's Guide to Step-Parenting

Each family has its own story with its own peculiar complexities, but most have a moment in which the new boyfriend or girlfriend becomes a parent...
Carl Pickhardt Ph.D.

Adolescence and the Worrisome Transition to High School

Worry can increase anxiety, but it can also spare a lot of harm.
By sylvar from Tampa, Florida, United States (I'm not a tomboy — I'm just better than you.) [CC BY 2.0 ( or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The New Tomboy

Girls are given more leeway than boys in their gender presentation and, thus, it is more acceptable to be a tomboy than a sissy.

The Truth About Lying

By Stuart Shanker DPhil on November 22, 2016 in Self-Reg
Lying is the quintessential example of misbehaviour, but confabulating is a stress behaviour.

Failure to Launch Now Threatens the U.S. Economy

By David F Lancy Ph.D. on November 17, 2016 in Benign Neglect
The failure to launch syndrome begins in infancy.

Is There a Right Age to Begin Having Sex?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on November 16, 2016 in Media Spotlight
Despite the controversy surrounding first-time sex, most young people in the United States become sexually active long before they reach adulthood.

The Secret to Youth Moral Development

Ever wonder how teens develop moral lives? How they learn to think critically and believe in their abilities to change the world? Adults provide the scaffolding!

Adolescence: A Continuum of Growth

Is your teen stressing you out? Understanding what they are going through can help.
By Rambler0 (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Do Tomboys Grow Up To Be Lesbian?

It is more the addition of masculinity rather than a deletion of femininity that distinguishes tomboy from non-tomboy girls.