The Teen Years Explained; A Guide to Healthy Adolescent Development

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We idealize childhood and demonize adolescence, often viewing the typical teenager as a bundle of problems. Yet according to a new book, The Teen Years Explained: A Guide to Healthy Adolescent Development, by Clea McNeely, MPH, DrPH and Jayne Blanchard, adolescence can be a time of opportunity, not turmoil. By understanding the developmental stages and changes of adolescence, both teens and adults can get the most out of this second decade of life.  In plain English, this guide incorporates the latest scientific findings about physical, emotional, cognitive, identity formation, sexual and spiritual development with tips and strategies on how to use this information in real-life situations involving teens. Whether you have five minutes or five hours, you will find something useful in this book.  This practical and colorful guide to healthy adolescent development is an essential resource for parents, teens, and all people who work with young people.

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Clea A. McNeely, DrPH is an adjunct professor with the Center for Adolescent Health at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. Her research focuses on the social contexts of adolescent health, with particular emphasis on schools and families. She uses social network measures and methods to explore how the social structure of schools influences adolescent health risk behaviors and mental health. Dr. McNeely also carries out community-based participatory research and evaluation focused on implementing and evaluating strategies to ensure the health of young people as they transition to adulthood. Dr. McNeely is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Tennessee and previously held a faculty position in the University of Minnesota, School of Medicine. She has consulted extensively for the World Health Organization and UNICEF on developing surveys to monitor adolescent health across cultures. Dr. McNeely received her doctorate from the UCLA School of Public Health and completed postdoctoral training in population studies at the RAND Corporation.

Jayne Blanchard is a Communications Specialist at the Center for Adolescent Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She has decades of experience in writing and designing publications, not only for the Center, but also for such entities as the Veterans Administration, the League for People with Disabilities, Catholic Charities, and Educate, Inc. Ms. Blanchard is a published writer in regional and national publications, including the Washington Post, Psychology Today, Washington Times, Style magazine, USA Today, and Cosmopolitan magazine. She is interested in new technology, and provides content and design to the Center s website, Google pages, and upcoming social networking site.

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