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Thinking “Developmentally”

August 29, 2019 | Filed in: Brief

It’s important to keep a developmental perspective when talking about adolescence. Here’s a brief summary of what it means to think developmentally. At the UCLA Center for the Developing Adolescent, we believe it is important to think developmentally about adolescence. Thinking developmentally means recognizing that adolescence is a time of unique capacities, motivations, and contexts,…

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6 Fast Facts About Adolescent Development

August 29, 2019 | Filed in: Fact Sheet

We are currently experiencing an unprecedented surge in the number of adolescents around the world. More than a billion adolescents are coming of age globally, with more than 42 million adolescents in the United States alone. These young people are not only the leaders of tomorrow—as trendsetters, early adopters of technology, and voices of modern social movements, they are already shaping our…

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The Developing Adolescent Brain

August 29, 2019 | Filed in: Fact Sheet

It’s easy to see that adolescence—from around age 10 to about 25—is a time of big changes, starting with the onset of puberty in late elementary school. But in addition to the obvious increases in height, weight, and body hair, there is also a massive restructuring of our brains. During adolescence, our brains are becoming faster and more streamlined, eliminating connections that we don’t…

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Autonomy and Connection

August 29, 2019 | Filed in: Guide

Close relationships with trusted adults during adolescence provide the stability we need to be autonomous and connected to others. Increasing agency over our own lives is an important part of growing up. During adolescence, we learn to regulate our emotions, form and express our own opinions, and manage our own health, finances, and careers. But this increasing autonomy doesn’t mean going it…

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What the Science Tells Us About Parenting an Adolescent

August 23, 2019 | Filed in: Fact Sheet

Understanding how parental influence shifts in adolescence can help parents, youth-serving professionals, and policymakers support families in ways that bolster the well-being of young people as they transition from childhood to adulthood. Note: This overview focuses on “parents” because most research on adolescent-family relationships has studied mothers and fathers. However, the findings are…

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