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The Center for the Developing Adolescent in the News

The Science Behind Tweens’ Risky Behavior—and Why It Can Help Them in The Long Run

Center Leadership Team member Adriana Galván, UCLA, talked to the Washington Post about the importance of healthy risk taking for adolescents, and why we need to stop creating narratives that pathologize this key developmental window.

Posted on September 18, 2018

Finding Gear for Teens to Try Out Hobbies

The New York Times talked to Ron Dahl and other development experts about the benefits of hobbies for adolescents, and how developmental changes during this period can turn passing interests into passions. Reporter Courtney Schley also offers tips and recommendations to scaffold budding interests. 

Posted on September 14, 2018

More Teens Would Rather Text Their Friends Than Hang Out IRL

The Center’s Chief Science Officer, Ron Dahl, talked to Quartz about Common Sense Media’s 2018 survey on adolescents’ social media use. The survey revealed some troubling new data about social media as a distraction from personal relationships and sleep. But overall, young people report that social media has a positive effect on their emotions.

Posted on September 10, 2018