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About the Author

Clea A. McNeely, DrPH is an adjunct professor with the Center for Adolescent Health at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. Her research focuses on the social contexts of adolescent health, with particular emphasis on schools and families. She uses social network measures and methods to explore how the social structure of schools influences adolescent health risk behaviors and mental health. Dr. McNeely also carries out community-based participatory research and evaluation focused on implementing and evaluating strategies to ensure the health of young people as they transition to adulthood. Dr. McNeely is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Tennessee and previously held a faculty position in the University of Minnesota, School of Medicine. She has consulted extensively for the World Health Organization and UNICEF on developing surveys to monitor adolescent health across cultures. Dr. McNeely received her doctorate from the UCLA School of Public Health and completed postdoctoral training in population studies at the RAND Corporation.

Jayne Blanchard is a Communications Specialist at the Center for Adolescent Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She has decades of experience in writing and designing publications, not only for the Center, but also for such entities as the Veterans Administration, the League for People with Disabilities, Catholic Charities, and Educate, Inc. Ms. Blanchard is a published writer in regional and national publications, including the Washington Post, Psychology Today, Washington Times, Style magazine, USA Today, and Cosmopolitan magazine. She is interested in new technology, and provides content and design to the Center s website, Google pages, and upcoming social networking site.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 103 pages
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University; 1 edition (March 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615302467
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615302461
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.4 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #522,474 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Customer Reviews

It seems well researched, well laid out, and accessible.
J. Garrett
It pairs scientific research with practical applications in a user-friendly manner, including lots of pictures and resources.
Counselor Mom
Great read and excellent resource for parents who have teens or are preparing for teen years of their children.
Maricar Abaya

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Counselor Mom on April 10, 2010
Format: Paperback
This is a great book. I'm using it with middle school students and parents to help them understand each other. The book is written in plain English and is easily accessible. It explains why teenagers behave the way they do in terms of brain development making it easier to understand adolescent behavior rather than judge it. It also gives suggestions for dealing with all aspects of adolescent growth and development. While it's science based (written by folks at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health) it's not overly technical. It pairs scientific research with practical applications in a user-friendly manner, including lots of pictures and resources. The Teen Years Explained emphasizes that no two teenage brains or bodies develop at the same rate and that there is no "one size fits" all solution for dealing with the teen years.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Garrett on December 12, 2012
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This is a great book. It's available online in what seems to be its entirety. You can find it at [...] but in case amazon reviews don't allow links you can google the title and Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and you'll find it. It seems well researched, well laid out, and accessible. I'm considering using it for a intro college level course I teach.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Slemenda on May 27, 2010
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The Teen Years Explained is a fascinating and practical resource for anyone involved with teens--as well as for many teens themselves. In layman's language and rich with visuals that enhance the text, the book is well-designed for easy navigation and quick referencing of specific, practical information. But it's also an engaging read from cover to cover that provides a fascinating overview of adolescent development (drawing from some 200 sources listed at the back of the book). Included also is a lengthy list of useful websites for follow-up info. Addressing a number of topics relating to the biology, psychology, culture, and sociology of teen development, this book will serve us and our 13-year-old son for several years. We intend to promote it to the several teen-centered organizations in our community as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maricar Abaya on May 22, 2013
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Great read and excellent resource for parents who have teens or are preparing for teen years of their children.
McNeely and Blanchard offered some great tips and topics to consider, discuss and reflect on for both parents and adolescents.
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As the parent of two teenage boys, I found this book extremely reassuring. I learned that most teen behavior is normal and healthy and appropriate for their stage of development. The easy-to-read, non-judgemental text gives factual information about the rapidly developing teen. I now view the teenage years as ones of wonder and fun instead of years of bafflement and worry.
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