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The Teen Years Explained: A Guide to Healthy Adolescent Development Leaving OMH site
Describes the normal physical, cognitive, emotional and social, sexual, identity formation, and spiritual changes that happen during adolescence and how adults can promote healthy development. Understanding these changes—developmentally, what is happening and why—can help both adults and teens enjoy the second decade of life. The Guide is an essential resource for all people who work with young people.

ACT (Assets Coming Together) for Youth Center of Excellence Leaving OMH site
ACT for Youth Center of Excellence connects research to practice in the areas of positive youth development and adolescent sexual health.

The Teen Brain: 6 Things to Know Leaving OMH site
Adolescents differ from adults in the way they behave, solve problems, and make decisions. There is a biological explanation for this difference. Studies have shown that brains continue to mature and develop throughout childhood and adolescence and well into early adulthood.

University of Minnesota Extension. Teens and Risk Taking Leaving OMH site
Parents often think of risky behaviors as underage drinking, using drugs, or early sexual involvement. Parents also need to remember that risk-taking can be both negative and positive. Teens can learn and grow from taking risks. Much will depend on the “when, where, and what” of the risks in which teens might participate.

University of Minnesota Extension. Parent Resources Leaving OMH site
Resources to help parents meet the challenge of raising teens.