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.
Relationship development that occurs during adolescence
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.