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IST 605: Adolescent Development

Resources related to adolescent brain development as well as social and personal development, coping skills, self-care, and support services.


It is so hard to be a teenager nowadays. How many times have you heard that before? There is just so much going on in the world today. There’s even more going on inside you. Every part of you is growing at an extraordinary rate. Did anyone ever tell you what your brain goes through starting at age 12 through your early 20s? It might shock and amaze you, but most importantly it will answer some questions you may have like, why do I feel so angry, confused, sad, alone, ugly, unloved? Why am I so impulsive? Why do I care so much about what others think of me?  Let’s take a look inside your developing adolescent brain and find out what’s going on. You will discover ways you can cope with your changing self in a changing world, and prepare for where you're going and where to go for help.             image provided by 123RF


Use Boolean operators to broaden or narrow your search when looking for information about this topic or any other topic. For example, if you want to find information on how much time people your age spend on social media, you could search Teenage OR adolescent AND social media. Another trick is to use the * to receive all forms of a word. For example, if you wanted to search for information on adolescent brain development you could search adol* AND brain development. Using adol* will include all forms of the word including adolescent, adolescence, and adolescents. Other terms to search with adol* are: brain function, cognitive development, coping skills, family life, mental health, physical development, puberty, risk-taking, sexuality, social media, wellness. If you want to search an exact phrase, just put it in quotes. For example, searching "Adolescent brain development" will result with items that have that exact phrasing. 

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