The Teen Years Explained

Johns Hopkins University, Prevention Research Center

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The Teen Years Explained: A Guide to Healthy Adolescent Development

John Hopkins University Prevention Research Center

The Teen Years Explained, written by the Johns Hopkins University PRC and released in 2010, describes state-of-the-art knowledge about cognitive development throughout the teen years and how it influences risk assessment, sexual behavior, identity formation, and other dimensions of individual growth. A webinar promoting the book attracted attendees from around the country representing state and local health departments, nonprofit organizations, and federal agencies. The book, intended for public health practitioners, parents, and anyone working with adolescents, is available for purchase online. More than 11,000 copies of the book are already in use. A free downloadable PDF of the Teen Years Explained is available by clicking.

The Guide to Healthy Adolescent Development is free and available online and in Spanish.

The guide was translated into Spanish. The John Hopkins PRC worked in collaboration with the Department of Health of Puerto Rico. See the Spanish version of the guide here [PDF-16.8 MB].