Archives for August 2011

Teens use peers as gauge in search for autonomy

As teens push their parents for more control over their lives, they use their peers as metrics to define appropriate levels of freedom and personal autonomy. They also tend to overestimate how much freedom their peers actually have. Those are the conclusions of new research that appears in the journal Child Development; the research was.. Read more

Improve impulse control for better decision-making

Although most teens have the knowledge and reasoning ability to make decisions as rationally as adults, their tendency to make much riskier choices suggests that they still lack some key component of wise decision making. Why is this so? Because adolescents may not bother to use those thinking skills before they act. That’s the finding.. Read more

Helping anxious teens focus on the positive

Training teenagers to look at social situations positively could help those with anxiety and may help prevent problems persisting into adult life. Having shown in the lab that positive or negative styles of thinking can be induced in adolescents without any anxiety problems, a research team from Oxford University now wants to see if it.. Read more

Why teens use drugs, how to talk to them about it

“All my friends were doing it so I thought, why not?” Have you heard that one yet? Here are some of the reasons young people give for using drugs, and some ideas about how you can respond to them in a constructive way. If you think your kid might be lukewarm about sitting down and.. Read more

Social environments influence teen drinking

Characteristics present in the four social environments in which young people live—families, peers, schools, and neighborhoods—contribute both positively and negatively to whether teens misuse alcohol, with risk from one area possibly being magnified or decreased by attributes of another. That’s the finding of a longitudinal study conducted by researchers at the University of North Carolina.. Read more

Teen girls more vulnerable to negative effects of binge drinking

A study examining gender-specific influences of binge drinking on spatial working memory (SWM) has found that female teens may be particularly vulnerable to the negative effects of heavy alcohol use. Binge or ‘heavy episodic’ drinking is prevalent during adolescence, raising concerns about alcohol’s effects on crucial neuromaturational processes during this developmental period. Heavy alcohol use.. Read more

10 tips for talking to your teenager about drugs

Talking to teenagers about drugs can be very daunting for parents. The Australian Federal Government’s National Drugs Campaign recommends you start talking to your teenagers about drugs early, and be willing to talk to them about the issue at any time. If you don’t think you know enough about the topic, the National Drugs Campaign.. Read more