Damaging to Your Teen's Future: The Risks of Teen Substance Abuse

According to a recent article by Science Daily, new research states that teen substance abuse is much more likely to occur if teenagers have easy access to drugs and alcohol in the home. The research was one of the first studies conducted to evaluate adolescent exposure to illegal substances and its effects on teen substance …

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Understanding OCD in Youth

Mental illness is extremely common within our society, but people often forget that mental illness is something that effects both adults and youth. Due to the stigma of mental illness, many people do not openly discuss or understand the variety of common mental illnesses individuals struggle with. This lack of acknowledgment—which leads to a lack …

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Should grit be a measure of success in teens?

Math, english, science, and history are core classes that every student takes when going through grade school. Now, more and more schools are introducing classes and tests based around grit and gratitude. A recent addition to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act introduces the ability for schools to grade children on noncognitive traits like perseverance …

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Australian Study Finds Link Between Family Conflict and Risky Dieting Behaviors In Teen Girls

Is your household like a war zone most of the time? Are people constantly bickering with each other? Family conflict may be wreaking havoc more than you think.  Recently, researchers at the University at Queensland in Australia found evidence that all that bickering and family conflict may be responsible for risky dieting patterns in teen …

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Parenting a Teen: The 'Good Enough' Technique

In a recent Psychology Today article, Don Greif, Ph.D., wrote about the struggles behind parenting a teen and the obsession with being the “best” parent. In our society, there’s a large emphasis on being the “best” in everything–whether that’s parenting a teen or playing sports. This emphasis often leads to an obsession over becoming the …

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Cyberbullying in Teens

Prince Williams Plea Against Cyberbullying in Teens Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, recently released a statement about cyberbullying in teens at the Founders Forum, a technology conference that took place last week. As a father of two, he urged the audience full of chairmen of Google and Twitter, to address the issues of cyberbullying in …

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Parenting Styles: The Risks of Being the ‘Cool’ Parent

The ‘Cool’ Parent Parenting Styles Could Put Teens at Risk of Mental Health Issues The parenting styles parents choose to use with their kids varies depending on each parent’s personal experiences or values and how they were raised. Some parents choose to have strict rules and expectations, while others may be more relaxed about certain …

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The Current Struggle with Boys Body Image

It’s Not Just Girls: Boys Body Image Issues Within society we are regularly discussing the issues with body image in girls. The sexualized and demeaning way girls are treated because of media, the high number of eating disorders, and the detrimental mental health issues are all common issues that are argued to be caused by …

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