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Introduction to adolescent mental health
Introduction to adolescent mental health

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This free course was written by Victoria Cooper, Sharon Mallon and Anthea Wilson and was published December 2021. We would also to thank Jennifer Colloby, Steven Harrison and Karen Horsley for their key contributions and critical reading of this course. We would like to thank the parents, young people and professionals who shared their experiences with us.Their willingness to share sensitive and highly personal accounts of having or supporting those with mental health challenges adds greatly to this course and we will hope will benefit all those who find themselves in similar situation.

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Session 2: Understanding Adolescence


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Figure 4: from: Abreu, A. P. and Kaiser, U. B.(2016) ‘Pubertal development and regulation’, The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, vol 4, no. 3, pp. 254-264.)

Figure 6: Kevin the Teenager (from BBC comedy) Tiger Aspect Production/ ©BBC

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Figure 9: adapted from Gardner, M. and Steinberg, L. (2005) ‘Peer influence on risk taking, risk preference, and risky decision making in adolescence and adulthood: an experimental study’, Developmental Psychology, vol. 41, no. 4, pp. 625–35.

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Video 1: Reflecting on Adolescence: Martha and Josie: © The Open University

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