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Weitlauf A, White S, Yancey O, Rissler CN, Harland E, Van Tran C, Bowers J, Newsom C. 2013. The Healthy Bodies toolkit. Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, 2 items.

Annotation: This toolkit provides two booklets to help parents talk to their children with intellectual or developmental disabilities about topics related to puberty, one addressing girls and one addressing boys. Topics include encouraging good hygiene and appropriate behavior and how to deal with physiological manifestations of puberty. The publications may be individualized to include an organization's name and its most frequent referrals. Appendices with social stories and visual supports are also available. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]

Contact: Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, PMB 40, 230 Appleton Place, Nashville, TN 37203-5721, Telephone: (615) 322-8240 E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: , Adolescent health, Adolescents with special health care needs, Child health, Developmental disabilities, Psychosexual development, Puberty, Sex characteristics, Sexual development

Steingraber S. 2007. The falling age of puberty in U.S. girls: What we know, what we need to know. San Francisco, CA: Breast Cancer Fund, 72 pp.

Annotation: This report examines five topics related to early puberty in U.S. females. Part 1 looks at the harmful impacts of early puberty, including a potential link to breast cancer. Part 2 explores time trends in puberty both in the United States and abroad. Part 3 examines the regulation of puberty. Part 4 looks at the insights offered by evolutionary biology. Party 5 explores the various possible causes for the declining age of puberty in U.S. girls. Part 6 proposes recommendations for research and action based on current evidence.

Contact: Breast Cancer Fund, 1388 Sutter Street, Suite 400, San Francisco, CA 94109, Telephone: (866) 760-TBCF Secondary Telephone: (415) 346-8223 Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Adolescent females, Breast cancer, Breastfeeding, Female children, Obesity, Precocious puberty, Prematurity, Research, Television, Trends

Weinberger DR, Elvevag B, Giedd JN. 2005. The adolescent brain: A work in progress. Washington, DC: National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, 24 pp.

Annotation: This paper explores neurological development as an important dimension of overall adolescent development, and the need for a deeper appreciation of adolescent neurobiology on which to base efforts to understand, guide, and help adolescents. Section topics include (1) changes in the cellular architecture of the brain in adolescence, (2) changes in the adolescent brain revealed through neuroimaging techniques, and (3) behavioral evidence of a brain still developing. Additional sections are provided including a summary and key findings, an introduction, information about the authors, and references.

Contact: National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy = Power to Decide, 1776 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., Suite 200, Washington, DC 20036, Telephone: (202) 478-8500 Fax: (202) 478-8588 E-mail: Web Site: $10.00, plus shipping and handling; also available from the website.

Keywords: Adolescent behavior, Adolescent development, Adolescent health, Brain, Cognitive development, Neural development, Psychosocial development, Puberty, Youth development

Stang J, Story M, eds. [2004]. Guidelines for adolescent nutrition services. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota School of Public Health, Leadership, Education and Training Program in Maternal and Child Nutrition, 1 v.

Annotation: This book, which is geared toward health professionals and educators on nutrition and adolescent pregnancy, focuses on the biological, psychosocial, and cognitive changes that begin during puberty and continue through adolescence, which directly affect nutritional status and nutrient needs. Topics include adolescent growth and development; understanding adolescent eating behaviors; nutrition needs of adolescents; nutrition, screening, and intervention; nutrition education and counseling; promoting healthy eating and physical activity behaviors; the overweight adolescent; the underweight adolescent; iron deficiency anemia; hyperlipidemia; hypertension; eating disorders; body image and adolescents; diabetes mellitus: type 1 and type 2; reproductive health issues; sports nutrition; vegetarian eating patterns; and adolescents with special health care needs. Some of the information is presented in tables. One appendix containing a list of food sources of vitamins and minerals is included.

Contact: University of Minnesota School of Public Health, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, West Bank Office Building, 1300 S. Second Street, Suite 300, Minneapolis, MN 55454-1015, Telephone: (612) 624-1818 Fax: (612) 624-0315 Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Adolescent behavior, Adolescent development, Adolescent health, Adolescent nutrition, Adolescent pregnancy, Adolescents with special health care needs, Body image, Diabetes mellitus, Eating disorders, Food habits, Health promotion, Hyperlipidemia, Hypertension, Intervention, Iron deficiency anemia, Nutrition counseling, Nutrition education, Nutritional requirements, Nutritional status, Obesity, Physical activity, Puberty, Reproductive health, Screening, Sports, Underweight, Vegetarianism

CHOICE. 2002. Changes: You and your body—What's up? Check it out .... Philadelphia, PA: CHOICE, 81 pp.

Annotation: This document, which is geared toward adolescents, discusses the changes that occur during puberty. The document uses easily understandable, down-to-earth language. Topic discussed include the body, health, sexuality, birth control, pregnancy, and sexually transmitted infections. Some topics are divided into sections focusing on adolescent males and sections focusing on adolescent females. Also included are a glossary; a list of hotlines, emergency resources, and 24-hour centers; a list of resources; and a list of Web sites.

Contact: CHOICE, 1233 Locust Street, Suite 301, Philadelphia, PA 19147, Telephone: (215) 985-3355 Secondary Telephone: (215) 985-3309 Fax: (215) 985-2838 E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Adolescent behavior, Adolescent health, Adolescent sexuality, Communication, Consumer education materials, Contraception, Parent child relations, Pregnancy, Puberty, Relationships, Sexually transmitted infections

Kipke MD, ed. and Board on Children, Youth, and Families. 1999. Adolescent development and the biology of puberty: Summary of a workshop on new research. Washington, DC: National Academy Press, 30 pp. (Compass series)

Annotation: This report summarizes participants' presentations and discussions at a workshop called New Research on the Biology of Puberty and Adolescent Development. Workshop participants addressed five key topics: (1) changes in the knowledge base of adolescent development, (2) key findings from recent studies, (3) pressing research challenges, (4) policy implications of the research, and (5) the need to generate public support for the development, health, and well-being of adolescents. The report includes a list of references and the workshop agenda.

Contact: National Academies Press, 500 Fifth Street, N.W., Keck 360, Washington, DC 20001, Telephone: (202) 334-3313 Secondary Telephone: (888) 624-8373 Fax: (202) 334-2451 E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website. Document Number: ISBN 0-309-06582-8.

Keywords: Adolescent development, Adolescents, Medical research, Policy development, Puberty, Public awareness campaigns, Public relations

Irwin C Jr. 1995. Risk Taking Behavior in Adolescents: Impact of Puberty: [Final report]. San Francisco, CA: University of California, San Francisco, 72 pp.

Annotation: The objective of this research was to examine the relationship between the timing of physiological development in adolescence and three risk-taking behaviors: Sexual activity, substance use, and accident-related behavior. The underlying hypothesis was that the timing of physiological maturation predisposes adolescents to engage in certain risk-taking behaviors which fulfill critical developmental needs (both psychosocial and psychological) during the second decade of life. Specific psychosocial changes occur along with biological maturation and are associated with adolescent risk-taking behaviors. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]

Contact: National Technical Information Service, U.S. Department of Commerce, 5301 Shawnee Road, Alexandria, VA 22312, Telephone: (703) 605-6050 Secondary Telephone: (888) 584-8332 E-mail: Web Site: Document Number: NTIS PB95-208633.

Keywords: Accidents, Adolescents, Data Collection, High risk adolescents, Injury Prevention, Puberty, Substance Abuse, Violence

Eagle CJ, Colman C. 1993. All that she can be: Helping your daughter achieve her full potential and maintain her self-esteem during the critical years of adolescence. New York, NY: Simon and Schuster, 252 pp.

Annotation: This book is written for parents of adolescent daughters. The purpose is to help parents help their daughters maintain self-esteem through the adolescent years. Sections cover puberty, peer pressure, dating, sexuality, school performance, and self-destructive behaviors. Also covered are divorce and its effect on families, identifying adolescent girls at risk, and family dynamics.

Contact: Simon and Schuster, 1230 Avenue of the Americas , New York, NY 10020, Telephone: (212) 698-7000 Contact Phone: (800) 223-2336 Web Site: $22.00 plus shipping and handling.

Keywords: Adolescent psychology, Adolescents, Families, Father child relations, High risk populations, Mother child relations, Parenting, Psychosocial development, Puberty, Self esteem, Sexuality

Feldman SS, Elliott GR, eds. 1990. At the threshold: The developing adolescent. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 642 pp.

Annotation: This book presents the findings of the Carnegie Foundation study on adolescence. It offers a comprehensive overview of normal adolescent development and provides an interdisciplinary synthesis of research into the key biological, social, and psychological changes that occur during this stage of the life span. It also addresses the social, ethnic, family, school, leisure, and work contexts of adolescent life which play an important role in development.

Contact: Harvard University Press, 79 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, Telephone: (800) 405-1619 Secondary Telephone: 401-531-2800 Fax: (800) 406-9145 E-mail: Web Site: Available in libraries.

Keywords: Adolescent development, Adolescent health, Family relations, Mass media, Mental health, Peer groups, Puberty, School health, Sexuality, Social behavior, Youth

Golliher CS. 1989. Into adolescence: A time of change. Santa Cruz, CA: ETR Associates/Network Publications, 41 pp. (Contemporary health series)

Annotation: This six-lesson curriculum which focuses on providing fifth through eighth grade students basic facts about human reproduction and explains the physical, emotional, and social aspects of growing into adolescence. Modules cover ground-rules for classroom discussion of sensitive topics, the male and female reproductive system, fertilization and conception, and the social and emotional changes of puberty. The workbook is designed for classroom use, and includes information, worksheets, and quizzes. Fact sheets include information regarding puberty, female and male anatomy, and the menstrual cycle.

Contact: ETR Associates, 4 Carbonero Way, Scotts Valley, CA 95066-4200, Telephone: (831) 438-4060 Secondary Telephone: (800) 321-4407 Contact Phone: (408) 438-4080 Fax: (800) 435-8433 E-mail: Web Site: Available in libraries.

Keywords: Adolescent development, Curricula, Puberty

Ross Laboratories and Ambulatory Pediatric Association . 1977. Adolescent gynecology: Report of the seventh Ross Roundtable on Critical Approaches to Common Pediatric Problems in collaboration with the Ambulatory Pediatric Association . Columbus, OH: Ross Laboratories, 57 pp.

Annotation: This report presents papers presented at the Seventh Ross Roundtable on adolescent gynecology. It discusses examination of female genitalia, normal female puberty and delayed menarche, breast problems in adolescents, vulvovaginitis, dynsmenorrhea, abnormal vaginal bleeding, effect of maternal diethylstilbestrol ingestion on the female genitalia, and teenage contraception. Each paper ends with the discussion after the presentation, identifying the questioner and the points made. A 33-page self-assessment exercise on adolescent gynecology is included.

Keywords: Adolescent health, Adolescent sexuality, Breast diseases, Conference proceedings, Contraception, Gynecology, Puberty

Thom DA. 1933. Guiding the adolescent. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, 94 pp. (Bureau publication (United States. Children's Bureau); no. 225)

Annotation: This publication of the U.S. Department of Labor, Children's Bureau is written to assist parents in understanding and guiding adolescent children to a healthy, happy adulthood. Contents include a definition of adolescence and adult attitudes toward adolescence, physical growth and development, attitudes toward sex, adolescence and mental development, the individual as a whole, some educational pitfalls, the question of work, learning to use leisure, asocial conduct, evading reality, the adolescent and his companions, and the needs of the parent.

Contact: U.S. Government Publishing Office, 732 North Capitol Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20401, Telephone: (202) 512-1800 Secondary Telephone: (866) 512-1800 Fax: (202) 512-2104 E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Adolescence, Adolescent behavior, Adolescent development, Adolescent health, Adolescent mental health, Consumer education materials, Developmental stages, Peer groups, Puberty, Sexual development, Social behavior, Social interaction, Social skills


This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U02MC31613, MCH Advanced Education Policy, $3.5 M. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.