A-Z Teen Health Glossary

The Psychological Task of Adolescence and How Parents Can Help

    When a teen reaches about age 13 or 14 they begin to enter a stage in life where they will reach for their independence. As you already know, a teenager is at a unique crossroads. They are at the uncomfortable intersection between being a child, under the influence of parents and teachers, and…

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Study Suggests Teens Who Drink Jell-O Shots Are Vulnerable to Binge Drinking Later

    Jell-O shots are common among some groups of teens. They’re a form of Jell-O that has alcohol mixed into it. One study examined the connection between the use of Jell-O shots and risky drinking behavior later in life, such as binge drinking and a higher frequency of drinking.   The study was conducted…

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Teach Your Teen Mindfulness for a Lifelong Coping Tool

    Mindfulness is a practice that can be supportive, regardless of age. It can benefit many levels of one’s being – the body, mind, and heart – even if only practiced from time to time. Although there are specific benefits that a teen will notice immediately, mindfulness can have long-term, positive effects on one’s…

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How to Help a Grieving Teen

    When a teen loses a friend or loved one, they may have a wide range of responses. They might become frequently sad, withdrawn, or even appear as though nothing is wrong. Parents and caregivers might not know exactly how to respond to grief, especially if they’re grieving too. In situations such as divorce,…

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Should You Let Your Teen Taste Alcohol?

  Let’s say you and your spouse are sitting in the kitchen late one Friday night. Your teen wakes up and asks what you’re doing. Since it’s not a school night, you let your child sit with his parents for an uncommon bonding experience. He asks about what you’re drinking and you decide to let…

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Parents: Encourage Your Teens To Stay Away from Alcohol

Underage drinking is a significant health concern for teens, and this is particularly true because of their underdeveloped brains. The brains of adolescents are still growing and changing. The regular presence of alcohol in the bloodstream would affect anyone. However, because of their continued growth during adolescence, teens are at a higher risk for health…

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Differences in the Brain Can Contribute to Teen Alcohol Abuse

A collection of four studies performed on teenage brains indicates that there might be differences in the brain among teens that could point to whether an adolescent might later abuse alcohol.   The four studies indicated that teens who have reduced neural connections might be more at risk for alcohol abuse. Another study indicated that…

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Physical, Social, and Emotional Signs Pointing to Teen Alcohol Abuse

Drinking and being a teen are practically synonymous for many adolescents. If you’re a teenager, you’re going to either drink or use a substance of some form. For many teens, when the weekend rolls around, it’s time to go out with friends. No matter what they do together, there’s a very high probability that alcohol…

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The Reasons Why Teens May Drink Or Use Drugs and What To Do About It

Adolescence is known for a time of experimentation for teens. And it should be. The development of the brain and the explosion of growth physically as well as psychologically create wonderful opportunities as well as dangers for adolescence.   One of these dangers is the experimentation that may happen with drugs and alcohol. Although not…

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