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Teen development

Learn about the biological and physical changes, social and emotional changes, teen brain development of teens and more. We also provide tips on what parents can do to help their teen through these changes.


What's teen development all about?

Find out what development tasks teens must accomplish during these years.

Social and emotional changes

Understand two important developmental tasks teen undertake during this time.

Changes in thinking

Find out how your teen’s cognitive processes are changing.

Becoming independent

Learn what it means for teens to become more autonomous.

What's new with teens and their families?

What is normal teen behavior? How do families change through the teen years?

The transgender toolkit

Use these videos, recent research articles, and links to community organizations to take your work to the next level.

Biological and physical changes

Get a summary of the many changes happening in teens’ bodies.

Teen brain development

Learn about why your teenager may have trouble making plans, strategizing smart choices, and making good judgments.

Teen identity: Figuring out who you are

Learn how teens work out who they are.

Teens and risk-taking

All risk taking is not bad. Help your teen take healthy risks for positive outcomes in life.

Meeting the needs of transgender youth

These previously hosted interactional and workshop-based events covered current research and prevailing perspectives that promote well-being among all youth.

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