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March 2019: Help Youth Navigate the Teen Years

Adolescence is a time of enormous transition as children move through the teenage years and into adulthood. Although adolescence may appear to be a complex time, it’s also a period of great potential. Young people engage with the world in new ways as they grow. 

Adolescent Development Explained

The HHS Office of Adolescent Health partnered with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health to provide important information about how teens develop, think, and act. The guide also includes tips for adults on how to use this information to support youth. If parents and caring adults have a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities that adolescents face, they can help provide guidance and encouragement for the young people in their lives.

The Five Areas of Adolescent Development

Adolescents develop in five areas that overlap and intersect. Each section below will teach you about the normal changes that occur during adolescence, different ways adolescents experience these changes, and how you can help adolescents become healthy adults. Learn about the five areas of adolescent development:

  • Physical (hormonal changes and development)
  • Cognitive (changes in the way the brain functions)
  • Emotional (how adolescents process emotions and stress)
  • Social (changes in familial, social, and romantic relationships)
  • Morals and Values (how adolescents regard their place in the world)

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Adolescence can seem like a turbulent time, but it’s also a period of great potential as teens begin to engage more deeply with the world in new ways. Adults can help teens navigate key areas of development with help from OAH. https://bit.ly/2RUZqaE @TeenHealthGov

Learn more about what teens are going through as they develop. The Office of Adolescent Health partnered with @JohnsHopkinsSPH to develop content that helps explain the changes happening during adolescence. https://bit.ly/2RUZqaE @TeenHealthGov

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Content last reviewed on April 18, 2019