Tag: Teenagers and Adolescence

The Challenges of the Pandemic for Queer Youth

When Brittany Brockenbrough’s transgender son lost his in-school counseling and the ability to have meet-ups with other L.G.B.T.Q. youth during the pandemic, his mental health suffered. “He began to feel depressed and was withdrawn,” said Ms. Brockenbrough, a mother of two in Virginia. She was later able to get her son teletherapy and in-home support […]

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Teens Are on Front Lines of Black Lives Matters Protests

In early June, as outrage over racism and police brutality erupted nationwide, three teenagers from Katy, Texas, grew frustrated by a void of activism in their affluent Houston suburb. They banded together under the name Katy4Justice. Over four days, through text messages and video chats, they organized a protest at a neighborhood park, leading hundreds […]

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In Nashville, a Protest Organized by 6 Teenagers Brings Hope

NASHVILLE — In real life, Nya Collins, Jade Fuller, Kennedy Green, Emma Rose Smith, Mikayla Smith and Zee Thomas had never met as group when they came together on Twitter to organize a youth march against police violence. It was unseasonably hot, even for Middle Tennessee, with rain predicted, and earlier protests here had ended […]

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Have a Teenager Joining a Protest? Talk About Safety First

When Sandy Asirvatham’s 17-year-old son, Miles Donovan, expressed interest in attending a protest this week near their downtown Baltimore home, she appreciated that he wanted to demonstrate solidarity with those who are outraged over the death of George Floyd. But just hours before it started, she began to worry. “I started fearing overzealous policing in […]

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My 14-Year-Old Isn’t Social Distancing. What Should I Do?

Our Adolescence columnist, the psychologist Lisa Damour, responds to a reader’s question. The question has been edited and is being published with the consent of the person who submitted it. [To submit a question, email AskDrDamour@nytimes.com.] Q. My 14-year-old daughter (who knows that I check her phone) went on what was supposed to be a […]

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A Teenager’s Medical Mystery

From the earliest days of the coronavirus outbreak, health officials believed that it was largely sparing children and teenagers. But the rise of a mysterious inflammatory syndrome — with symptoms ranging from rashes to heart failure — in children testing positive for the virus is challenging that belief. On today’s episode: Pam Belluck, a health […]

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When Teen Boys Use Supplements

“I’ve started cutting,” my son, a college freshman, recently told me. He meant he was temporarily restricting calories to lose body fat as part of his new focus on bodybuilding. He planned to alternate cutting with “bulking,” or building up muscle mass, aided by over-the-counter supplements like protein powder and creatine. Everything he was doing […]

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When Your Tween Acts Up on Lockdown

My stuck-at-home 11-year-old spends her off-school hours on the online game platform Roblox. As screen time goes, it’s a pretty safe, kid-friendly and creative option, since with parental controls I’m able to lock down her privacy (that means no chats, ever). But she resists screen time limits, argues about getting off Roblox to do chores […]

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How Coronavirus Shifted the Stakes of Teenage Rebellion

The weekend before New York City’s stay-at-home order went into effect, my 15-year-old daughter and I had an argument. She asked if she could hang out with friends in our neighborhood, promising to “be very careful” and “bring Purell.” Acknowledging the necessity of friends and fun, I said yes and sent her off. I went […]

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When Mental Distress Comes Home

The panic spirals up from somewhere in Connor Langan’s midsection, and so quickly that his face changes; wild in the eyes, his upper lip trembling, he sometimes punches a wall in frustration. Such episodes resulted in Connor, 17, being placed on leave from high school late last year, and in early March he agreed to […]

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‘This Terrible Thing Is Happening, but the World Goes On.’

‘I’m scared one minute and then it’s like, oh, everything is gonna be OK. Let’s dance. That will help.’ — Author Judy Blume Today, Cheryl calls Judy Blume, the beloved young-adult novelist, at her home in the Florida Keys. Judy tells Cheryl what it’s like to run a book store at 82 years old: “It’s […]

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Helping Teens Make Room for Uncomfortable Emotions

ImageCredit…Lilli Carré A new poll conducted by Common Sense Media and Survey Monkey shows, not surprisingly, that most adolescents are worried that the coronavirus will affect their family’s physical or financial health. Further, nearly half of the teenagers surveyed say that they are lonelier than usual, and they fear that they are losing ground academically […]

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Smokers and Vapers May Be at Greater Risk for Covid-19

Anxious times — like a pandemic — can lead to unhealthy but self-soothing habits, whether it’s reaching for a bag of potato chips, more chocolate or another glass of wine. But some stress-reducing behaviors are alarming to medical experts right now — namely vaping and smoking of tobacco or marijuana. Because the coronavirus attacks the […]

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Becoming a Man, Virtually

My son Zane celebrated his bar mitzvah this past Saturday. And to think I had been worried about a late-season snowstorm. A week and a half earlier, when it was clear that the coronavirus crisis would force us to make some big decisions, I spent the day holding back tears, desperate for a paper bag […]

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How to Make College Decisions When Campuses Are Closed

As colleges and universities nationwide shift to online classes in an attempt to curtail the spread of the coronavirus, the usual spring break college tours have been upended. Things are changing fast, so it’s important to check with individual colleges, but most prospective student visits, including events and overnights for admitted students, are off the […]

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‘It’s Degrading.’ Transgender Youth Targeted in Dozens of Bills Across America

BOISE, Idaho — By the time Peyton Badalucco came out to his mother as transgender, he had been secretly binding his chest in a desperate attempt to hide his body. He was 14 years old and so miserable that he could barely muster the emotional strength to leave the house. Coming out led to months […]

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We’re Finally Winning the Fight Against Conversion Therapy

As a national advocate for a nonprofit organization working to protect the rights of L.G.B.T.Q. youth in America, I spend a lot of time looking down on wheat fields from tens of thousands of feet in the air. The constant flights from coast to coast and state capital to state capital give me plenty of […]

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Virginia Is First Southern State to Ban Conversion Therapy for Minors

Virginia became the first Southern state to ban licensed medical professionals from practicing conversion therapy on minors, as Democrats in the state pass expansive civil rights bills after gaining control of the legislature and governor’s mansion for the first time in nearly 30 years. Conversion therapy — a widely discredited practice based on the premise […]

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Talking to Teens and Tweens About Coronavirus

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The Benefits of Exercise for Children’s Mental Health

Recent research on the link between physical activity and depression risk in adults has suggested that exercise may offset the genetic tendency toward depression. Adults with genetic risks who exercised regularly were no more likely to develop depression than those without the genetic propensity. There’s good evidence that this same association holds in adolescents, a […]

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House Votes to Ban Flavors in Cigarettes and E-Cigarettes

WASHINGTON — The House, taking aim at youth vaping and tobacco use, voted Friday to ban the sale of flavored cigarettes and e-cigarette liquids, even as civil rights advocates and some African-American Democrats raised concerns that the legislation unfairly targeted black people. The bill is aimed at curbing what public health experts see as an […]

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Tessa Majors’s Murder: Police Bluff Led to Teen’s Confession

The grainy video shows a hesitant 13-year-old leaning over a table in a windowless interrogation room. Two detectives are questioning him about the fatal stabbing of Tessa Majors in Morningside Park. The boy’s voice quivers: “I don’t know about the stabbing. I don’t know about the stabbing.” Then Detective Wilfredo Acevedo leans over and says […]

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‘Open, Insert, Squirt.’ In This Town, Children Are Taught to Administer Narcan

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. — Shortly after his first-grade class let out for the day, Nash Kitchens sat with a dozen other young children at a library and played a murder mystery game that had a surprising plot twist. The victim was a restaurant worker who had been found dead in a freezer. The killer, the children […]

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Student Contest Winners: Teenagers Look at the News

To the Editor: Re “‘Should We Leave?’ Life in China Under Coronavirus Lockdown,” by Frankie Huang (Op-Ed, nytimes.com, Feb. 7): As a Chinese-American, I read these words with nothing but empathy. Just seven months ago, I visited quite a few cities in China. From Suzhou’s futuristic Space Lab restaurant to the Shanghai World Financial Center, […]

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Vape Shops Face a Choice: Close or Rebrand?

EAST HANOVER, N.J. — Adam Mitrani opened his first Darth Vapor e-cigarette shop six years ago after his carwash business collapsed. Before long, Mr. Mitrani, 48, had a second store in New Jersey and one in New York. Business was brisk, he said, and he was optimistic that offering smokers an alternative to tobacco would […]

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Why Teenagers Reject Parents’ Solutions to Their Problems

Parents of adolescents are often confronted by a puzzling sequence of events. First, teenagers bring us their problems; second, we earnestly offer suggestions and solutions; and third, teenagers dismiss our ideas as irritating, irrelevant or both. These moments feel ripe for connection. Why do they so often turn sour? Almost always, it’s because we’re not […]

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Juul Bought Ads Appearing on Cartoon Network and Other Youth Sites, Suit Claims

Juul Labs, the vaping company that has long insisted it never marketed its products to teenagers, purchased ad space in its early days on numerous youth-focused websites, including those of Nickelodeon, the Cartoon Network, Seventeen magazine and educational sites for middle school and high school students, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday by the Massachusetts […]

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What South Dakota Doesn’t Get About Transgender Children

Early in my medical training, I read a landmark case study about a 12-year-old boy who wrote a suicide note to his mother saying he would rather die than go through puberty. I later met teenagers who tightly bound their chests — knowing that it could result in fractured ribs — because the emotional pain […]

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The Role of Memes in Teen Culture

How do you prepare for the coronavirus? By cutting up a few limes. That’s the message conveyed by a popular internet meme that shows a pair of hands slicing limes. The image and caption — “Me, preparing for the coronavirus” — are a bit subversive: While public health officials worldwide are scrambling to determine how […]

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How Monkeys Taught Me to Appreciate Teen Sleepovers

“Can we have a sleepover?” Barring anything involving fire, blood or hospitals, these five words are the ones I dread most as a parent. Sleepovers tend to involve too much noise and junk food and too little sleep. And yet, after spending the last few years researching and writing a book about the science of […]

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