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Adolescent Development

Learn how adolescents develop and issues they may face as they mature.

Adolescent Development Explained

This section examines the major developmental changes that occur in adolescence and provides suggestions on how parents and caring adults can support young people as they navigate through this critical period.

Healthy Relationships

Adolescents need positive relationships with peers and caring adults. Find information on what healthy connections look like.

Mental Health

Learn about the mental health issues that affect adolescents, how to access mental health care, and ways to build positive mental health.

Physical Health

Help adolescents establish healthy behaviors and learn about key physical health topics, such as clinical preventive services, living with chronic conditions & disabilities, and vaccines.


Reproductive Health and Teen Pregnancy

Protect adolescents' reproductive health by learning about the prevention of teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.

Substance Use

Substance use can affect adolescents’ physical and brain development. Learn more about trends in and prevention of tobacco, alcohol, and other drug use.

Positive Youth Development

Positive youth development (PYD) is a strengths-based approach that can have positive effects on adolescent health. Find a simple explanation of what PYD is and how to incorporate it.

Content created by Office of Adolescent Health
Content last reviewed on February 17, 2017