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The teen years are a critical developmental phase as children become adults.

During adolescence, preteens and teens going through puberty become increasingly conscious of their body image. They develop their sexual, gender, and ethnic identities. Peer relationships become increasingly important. School responsibilities increase and some teens get a job. Many teens experiment with drugs and alcohol. The teen years have unique stresses and pressures. Teens may not always let on—but parents and other caring adults play a vital role in providing support and helping teens achieve their best on their way to adulthood.

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Parenting a Struggling Teen: Let Go . . . and Hold On

Parents of children who have struggled for a long time have lots of experience stepping in to pick up the pieces.

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Parenting a Struggling Teen: Forming a United Front

Parents of a struggling teen sometimes find it difficult to coordinate their parenting styles and strategies.

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Parenting tips

Parents of struggling teens often find it challenging to find the best way to respond.

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Responding to struggling teens: The need for balance

Many struggling teens rebel against structure.

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How to assess struggling teens’ special needs

To find the right services, schools, or programs for struggling teens, it is important to have a good understanding of his or her unique challenges and needs.

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Yes. I admit it. I am a recovering angry youth.

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