Relationship Development

Family relationships are often reorganized with the onset start of puberty, the desire for increased independence, and increased emotional distance between teens and their parents. Adolescent attention often shifts to a more intense focus on social interactions and friendships. These friendships expanding from same-sex friends to same-sex groups of friends to heterosexual groups of friends. Sexual maturity marks the need to reorganize friendships again to include an increased interest in dating and sexual relationships.

Understanding Teenage Depression

The medical community once thought depression affected only adults. The risk for the condition can begin in childhood or the early teens, however, and increases steadily through the mid-20s. Around 11 percent of young people will have experienced an episode of depression by the end of his or her teenage years.

Further information can be found on the Barnabas Health Behavioral Health services section.

Female Teen Athletes: At Risk for Injury?

Teen girls have their teen growth spurt at an earlier age than boys, reaching their adult height earlier. Teen girls have more body fat than teen boys, due to higher estrogen levels. Teen boys have more lean body mass due to higher androgen levels. Teen girls, even after weight training, have less upper body strength than teen boys.

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