How to Better Understand Teens

Get a better handle on your teen’s personality, learn how her brain works and find out her risk level for developing a substance abuse problem.

Articles and Guides

  • Teen Personality Types

    From impulsive to irritable to incommunicative, “normal teenage behavior” can appear to be anything-but to parents and other bystanders. However, new research reveals that patterns of brain development during these formative years play a significant role in shaping your teen’s personality and actions. Here are 8 typical teen behaviors. Do any of them sound familiar?

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  • Adolescent Brain Development

    Scientists now know that the brain is getting reorganized in a big way during the teenage years. This is a time of huge opportunities — and risks.

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  • Top 8 Reasons why Teens Try Alcohol and Drugs

    There is no single reason for teenage drug use and alcohol use. Dr. Neil I. Bernstein In How to Keep Your Teenager Out of Trouble and What to Do if You Can't, Dr. Neil I. Bernstein details some of the core issues and influences behind teenage drug and alcohol use. It’s important that you, as a parent, understand these reasons and talk to your kids about the dangers of drinking and using drugs.

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  • Alcoholism in the Family: Understanding the Risk

    Unfortunately, when it comes to kids and alcohol, parents can't just gaze into a crystal ball to find out whether their kids will face a drinking problem in their teenage years. But there are biological and environmental factors you can watch out for to help you figure out if your child may, possibly, be at a greater risk for drinking and alcohol addiction.

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  • Know Your Child’s Risk Level for Developing a Substance Abuse Problem

    Several decades of research shows that some teens are more at risk for developing a substance abuse problem than other teens.  Why is that? Well, there is no single factor.  However, the more risk factors a teen has, the more likely he or she will abuse drugs or alcohol. Conversely, the fewer the number of risk factors, the less likely he or she will develop a drug or alcohol problem.  Also, it’s important to recognize that even children raised in the same home may have varying levels of risk.

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