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Welcome to Caring for teens and adolescents

Watch this video to learn more about the developmental phase during adolescence.
Hi, welcome to Unit 8. I pulled out my high school yearbook and I’m looking through these old photos and I am totally reminiscing about my adolescent years. My teenage days and I have to say that based on everything we’ve been learning in this course, I have a lot of questions about this stuff and I need to talk to somebody who is an expert on the subject.
Oh, I’ll call my friend Nikhit, so Nikit has worked with adolescents around the world and he specializes in their social and emotional development and resilience. Let me see if he’s around.
Nikit, hi it’s Carly. Hi Carly, my yearbook nostalgia vibes have been buzzing. I sense you might have some questions about adolescence. OK, so we’re doing this course on social and emotional learning and play specifically during times of change and I need some help with the years of adolescence. Can you answer some of my questions? Happy to help Carly, but what kind of questions do you have? OK, I have truly. I have so many. First of all, what ages are covered in adolescence? And what are the sort of developmental tasks that you see from adolescence and then of course, how does change and adversity affect that age group?
And then, finally, how can adults support adolescence through learning through play and social and emotional learning? Wow, those are some great questions, Carly, I’d be happy to help out. Are you ready to start? OK, let’s do this.

In the next step you will find a short article that provides a brief illustration of what typical adolescent development looks like for individuals between 10-19 years of age.

– Crone, E. A., & Dahl, R. E. (2012). Understanding adolescence as a period of social-affective engagement and goal flexibility. Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 13(9), 636–650.
– Gardner, M., & Steinberg, L. (2005). Peer influence on risk taking, risk preference, and risky decision making in adolescence and adulthood: An experimental study. Developmental Psychology, 41(4), 625–635.
– Romer, D. (2010). Adolescent risk taking, impulsivity, and brain development: Implications for prevention. Developmental Psychobiology, 52(3), 263–276.
– Spear, L. (2008). The psychobiology of adolescence. Authoritative Communities, 263–280.
– White, A. M. (2009). Understanding adolescent brain development and its implications for the clinician. Adolescent Medicine: State of the Art Reviews, 20(1), 73–90.
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