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The Teen Years Explained: A Guide to Healthy Adolescent Development Leaving OMH site
This guide describes the normal physical, cognitive, emotional and social, sexual, and spiritual changes that happen during adolescence and how adults can promote healthy development. Understanding these changes can help both adults and teens enjoy the second decade of life.

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.