Adolescent Development

Websites and Fact Sheets for Parents/Guardians and Providers Working with Adolescents

What to expect What to Expect & When to Seek Help: A Bright Futures Developmental Tool for Families and Providers

Produced by the American Academy of Pediatrics & Bright Futures, this short pamphlet covers topics of social and emotional development in teens. Includes checklists for parents to use to identify normal developmental behaviors, as well as those that might signify the need to seek help from outside sources. Checklist topics include: Feelings, relationships with Friends and Family, Preventing Injury and Harmful Behavior, Body Image & Eating Disorders, Sex & Sexuality. Geared towards parents and providers of adolescents, ages 11-21 years.

Teen Years Explained The Teen Years Explained: A Guide to Healthy Adolescent Development

Produced by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2009

“…Describes the normal physical, cognitive, emotional and social, sexual identity formation, and spiritual changes that happen during adolescence and how adults can promote healthy development.”

sexual development Sexual Development

From ACT for Youth, Center for Excellence, this website provides information on sexual development in youth, including puberty, identity development, socio-cultural influences, and sexual behaviors.

adolescent development Adolescent Development

From Medline Plus (U.S. National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health), this website includes development information for children ages 12–18.

teen growth and development Teenage Growth and Development: 11-14 Years

From the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (based on resource from the American Medical Association), this website includes information on physical changes for boys and girls, intellectual development, social and emotional development, and tips for parents.

a parents guide A Parent's Guide to Surviving the Teen Years (

Includes information and tips on parenting during the teen years.

Developing Adolescents Developing Adolescents: A Reference for Professionals

A manual including information on physical, cognitive, emotional, social, and behavioral development. Produced by the American Psychological Association.

Normal Adolescent Development 1 Normal Adolescent Development, Part 1

A fact sheet from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry's Facts for Families Series for the middle school and early high school years.

Normal Adolescent Devel 2 Normal Adolescent Develpment, Part 2

A fact sheet from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry's Facts for Families Series for the late high school years and beyond.

Adolescent Growth and Development Adolescent Growth and Development

An article from Virginia Cooperative Extension with information on changes occuring during adolescence, how the changes affect the adolescent, and what parents can do.

Puberty 101 Puberty 101 For Parents

Information from Planned Parenthood about what puberty is and what happens during puberty, as well as when to talk to your child.

Secret life of the brain The Secret Life of The Brain

This website, from PBS, has information about brain anatomy, brain scans, and brain development by age.

Teen dating and sex Teens: Dating and Sex, from the American Academy of Pediatrics.  This website has information for parents on teen dating, sexual health, birth control, talking to teens, and more.

Books on Adolescent Development

Its Perfectly Normal It’s Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health

Written by Robie H. Harris & Michael Emberley, ISBN-13:978-0763644840

A book that teaches youth (ages 10+) about sex and sexuality through age-appropriate language and illustrations. Includes information on the mechanics of sex, sexual attraction, relationships, reproduction and pregnancy, contraception, and pregnancy alternatives. Series also features two other books, geared towards 4–6 and 7–9 year olds.

Girls Guide Girl's Guide to Becoming a Teen (from the American Medical Association)

Book written for girls ages 10 and up.  From the back cover: "The American Medical Association Girl's Guide to Becoming a Teen will help you understand the health issues that are of most concern to teenage girls, and will teach you how to be safe, happy, and healthy through these years."

Boys Guide Boy's Guide to Becoming a Teen (from the American Medical Association)

Book written for boys ages 10 and up with advice for pre-teens on puberty and life changes.

Books on adolescent development and other child development and parenting topics are available from ParentLink's Loan Library.  For access to library materials, call ParentLink at 1-800-552-8522, or 573-882-7321.