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Adolescents and Young Adults

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Adolescents are an integral part of Florida’s communities bringing energy, innovation and strength to our state.  The transition from childhood to adulthood is an important phase bringing challenges to navigate and milestones to celebrate.  The Florida Department of Health works to protect, promote, and improve the health of adolescents through integrated state, county, and community efforts.  

Adolescence includes physical, mental, emotional and social developments that require intentional support.  Changes that occur between the ages of 10 and 25 happen rapidly.  Often the focus is on puberty during this time, but young people are also developing new brain patterns, social boundaries, and emotional resilience that can prepare them for adulthood. 

For more detailed information, click on the link below that best describes you.

  • Young Adolescents (10-13)
  • Middle Adolescents (14-18)
  • Young Adults (19-25)
  • Parent or Guardian of an Adolescent

Stopbullying.gov is a website dedicated to resources and strategies to put an end to all types of bullying.

The Health and Human Services Office of Population Affairs shares information on adolescent development. On this page you may also access A Guide to Healthy Adolescent Development created by John Hopkins University. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a website dedicated to fact sheets on topics ranging from Bullying to Health Services for Teens.

The Health and Human Services Office of Population Affairs shares information on healthy dating and romantic relationships

One Love offers information on healthy relationships, including signs of healthy and unhealthy relationships.

Peer pressure can be a big topic for teenagers.  On the Health and Human Services Office of Population Affairs website you can find information on peer pressure and what to expect.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention dedicates a webpage to information on sexual risk behaviors.  Visit this page to learn more about HIV, STDs and teen pregnancy.

Substance use by teens can have a big impact on their health and well-being.  On the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s webpage dedicated to teens substance use and risk, you can learn more about the prevalence of substance use among teenagers.

Are you worried about a friend? Dealing with a bully? Or going through a rough break up?  Your Life Your Voice is a website with information on how to help with tough situations.

Do you have questions about your relationship? Visit Love is Respect to learn more about healthy relationships and personal safety.

Teenhelp.com is a website for teens (and their parents) going through common adolescent development issues.  Their goal is to educate and bring awareness to teens about various issues they could be going though.

The Office of Populations Affairs as a webpage dedicated to adolescent health.  This includes the optimal health of adolescents and adolescent development.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have a webpage dedicated to teen pregnancy.  This page was designed with input from teens.

Want to learn more about positive parenting tips? Emotional and social changes your child may be experiencing? Or their developmental milestones?  Check on the Centers for Disease Controls and Prevention’s page on middle childhood and what to expect.

The U.S. Department of Education has a webpage dedicated to helping your child through early adolescence. This page discusses friendships and how to help your child resist peer pressure.