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Social and Emotional Development in Children and Adolescents

Professional Resource Guide

Introduction

This professional resource guide directs readers to a selection of current, high-quality resources about promoting healthy social and emotional development in children and adolescents. Resources tap into the health, education, and social services literature. Separate sections present resources by age group and cover topics such as developmental stages; factors that impact social and emotional development; policies and programs to promote social and emotional well-being in homes and community settings; and strategies for integrating health, developmental, and educational services. This professional resource guide is aimed at health professionals, program administrators, policymakers, and community advocates. Separate briefs present resources for families and schools. This professional resource guide has been developed by the MCH Digital Library at Georgetown University and will be updated periodically.

Overview

See the Bright Futures materials, What to Expect and When to Seek Help: Bright Futures Developmental Tools for Families and Providers (2006). This set of four tools in English and Spanish aims to help professionals and families begin important conversations together on how best to support the social and emotional development of infants, children, and adolescents.

Resources for Professionals

General Resources

Websites
Reports, Briefs, and Other Resources

Infants and Young Children

This section presents resources that address scientific research about early child development; early childhood social, emotional, and communication milestones; developmental screening; early literacy and school readiness; strategies for integrating health, developmental, and educational services for young children and families; and state policy approaches for promoting early childhood care and education.

School-Age Children

This section presents resources about promoting the social and emotional development of school-age children and includes resources that address social and emotional learning as part of school and after-school programs. Several resources are applicable to adolescents, as well.

Adolescents

This section presents resources that address scientific research about adolescent development; interdisciplinary models of physical and behavioral health care for adolescents; and approaches for developing, supporting, and sustaining youth development programs. Several resources are applicable to school-age children, as well.

Data and Statistics

Journal Articles and Other Literature and Research

Programs Databases

Resources for Families

Resources for Schools

Related MCH Digital Library Resources



Social and Emotional Development in Children and Adolescents: Professional Resource Guide, 2nd ed. (May 2011). (Updated: August 2014).

Author: Susan Brune Lorenzo, M.L.S., MCH Digital Library.
Reviewers: Lauren Agoratus, M.A., Family Voices and Family-to-Family Health Information Resource Center at the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network of N.J.; Robin L. Harwood, Ph.D., Maternal and Child Health Bureau; Keri Linas, Ph.D., Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development; Olivia Pickett, M.A., M.L.S., MCH Digital Library; Judi Siegel, L.I.C.S.W., Children's Hospital Boston.
Editor: Ruth Barzel, M.A., MCH Digital Library.

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.