"It was one step back [for] adolescent health," said Dr. Juan Perez III, executive director for the Philippine Commission on Population and Development. The law improved access to birth control for women, but it became harder for teenagers to get birth control.
Inevitably, when Vere turns to the page in the photo workbook that shows an array of penis sizes and shapes, the teenagers break into peals of laughter. They cover their eyes and hide behind one another. Vere fields their questions: Why are some bigger than others? Why is that one crooked?
While the teenagers were fascinated with the practicalities and hygiene of sex and puberty, they struggled to discuss the process of conception. Bring up the difficulties and cost of raising a child, Vere said, and the teenagers would shut down or quickly change the subject.
In 2017 (left), Ralyn Ramirez, then 17, had just given birth to her first child, a baby girl. She'd tell other teenagers that becoming a teen mom was not wonderful. But in 2019 (right), Ramirez became pregnant a second time. Hannah Reyes Morales for NPR hide caption
Sitting at small sundries shop in Manila North Cemetery, where she lives (as thousands of people do) in one of the mausoleums, Ralyn chats with Margie, a 15-year-old who is seven months pregnant. In front of the shop, another young girl sits on a bench, her dress stretched over her belly. Ralyn points out a teenager walking down the path and says she was a child mother, too. Margie says she knows an even younger girl who gave birth when she was just 12 years old.
"I have been taking pictures of Julia since she was about 9 and I thought it would be a great idea to do these angel pictures for her as a special gift for her big milestone and to her family," Beckman wrote. "I am an active-duty National Guard wife, which is what inspired the idea and the vision. I take a lot of pictures of military families and their special memories.
In response to the photos, Yllescas told KOLN, "It almost felt when I saw those pictures that he truly was there. And to have a piece of him with me throughout my senior year. Because sometimes it feels like, 'Where are you, why did you have to go?' Just to have that on my wall and be like, 'No, he is with me, even though I can't physically see him.'"
How could we live without our smartphones, laptops, and other devices that allow us to go online? That's how most of us keep in touch with friends and family, take pictures, do our homework, do research, find out the latest news, and shop.
Finally, remember that any pictures or text messages that you send could be leaked as soon as you hit send. Think about whether the words you've written or the pictures you're about to share are ones that you would want other people reading or seeing. A good rule is that if you wouldn't want your grandmother to see it or read it, you probably shouldn't send it or post it.
The country superstar took to TikTok over the weekend to share several rare photos of her adolescent years, including snapshots of her sporting braces on her teeth, pictures from what appears to be a glamour shots photo session, and even a photo from her graduation day where she has two black eyes.
In addition, two online focus groups of teenagers ages 12-17 were conducted by the Pew Internet Project from June 20-27, 2012 to help inform the survey design. The first focus group was with 11 middle schoolers ages 12-14, and the second group was with nine high schoolers ages 14-17. Each group was mixed gender, with some racial, socio-economic, and regional diversity. The groups were conducted as an asynchronous threaded discussion over three days using an online platform and the participants were asked to log in twice per day.
In a recent study mapping differences between the brains of adults andteens, Todd put teenage and adult volunteers through a MRI and monitored howtheir brains responded to a series of pictures. The volunteers were asked todiscern the emotion a series of faces like this one. The results were surprising. All the adults identified theemotion as fear, but many of the teenagers saw something different, such asshock or anger. When she examined their brain scans, Todd found that theteenagers were using a different part of their brain when reading the images.
Yes. Our data suggested that the younger teenagers were significantly differentin how they responded compared to adults. And we did see an age-dependent orage-related change between the ages of 11 and 17, with the most dramaticdifference being in the earlier teen years.
This is a really nice picture highlighting the fact that in an adolescent brainor a younger brain, the relative activation of the prefrontal region or thisanterior front part of the brain is less it is in the adults. But in contrastto that, the more emotional region or that gut response region has moreactivation compared to the adult. So the relationship between these two regionsis very different. And we think that that's been a very important finding interms of understanding adolescent behavior.
One of the implications of this work is that the brain is respondingdifferently to the outside world in teenagers compared to adults. And inparticular, with emotional information, the teenager's brain may be respondingwith more of a gut reaction than an executive or more thinking kind ofresponse. And if that's the case, then one of the things that you expect isthat you'll have more of an impulsive behavioral response, instead of anecessarily thoughtful or measured kind of response.
Yes, I do think this research goes to helping understand differences betweenadults and teenagers in terms of communications. And I think that it does fortwo reasons. One, we saw that adults can actually look at fearful faces andperceive them as fearful faces, and they label them as such, whereas teenagers... don't label them the same way. So it means that they're reading externalvisual cues [differently], or they're looking at affect differently.
The second aspect of the findings are that the frontal region, or thisexecutive region, is activating differentially in the teenagers compared toadults. And I think that has important implications in terms of modulatingtheir own responses, or trying to inhibit their own gut responses.
One thing that happens in the brain when we're going to get involved in anyactivity or initiate any activity is, we either have to decide what theconsequences of that behavior are, or we're just going to behave impulsively.And to appreciate what the consequences of a behavior are, you have to reallythink through what the potential outcomes of a behavior are. I think thefrontal lobe, that part of the executive region that we studied, is not alwaysfunctioning fully in teenagers; or least our data suggests that perhaps it'snot.
That would suggest that therefore teenagers aren't thinking through what theconsequences of their behaviors are, which would lead us to believe that they'dbe more impulsive, because they're not going to be so worried about whether ornot what they're doing has a negative consequence. ...
Our findings suggest that what is coming into the brain, how it's beingorganized, and then ultimately the response -- all three of those may bedifferent in our adolescents. So that attitude may be part of that, or may berelated to that. But it's not simply a matter of teenagers feeling like theydon't want to do something, or that they're just going to give you a hard time....
One of the interesting things about the findings are that they suggest that theteenagers are not able to correctly read all the feelings in the adult face. Sothat would suggest to us that when they're relating to their parents or totheir friends' parents or to their teachers, they may be misperceiving ormisunderstanding some of the feelings that we have as adults; that is, they seeanger when there isn't anger, or sadness when there isn't sadness. And ifthat's the case, then clearly their own behavior is not going to match that ofthe adult. So you'll see miscommunication, both in terms of what they think theadult is feeling, but also what the response should then be to that.
One of the interesting outcomes of this study suggests that perhaps decision-making in teenagers is not what we thought. That is, they may not be as matureas we had originally thought. Just because they're physically mature, they maynot appreciate the consequences or weigh information the same way as adults do.So we may be mistaken if we think that [although] somebody looks physicallymature, their brain may in fact not be mature, and not weigh in the same way....
Certainly the data from this study would suggest that one of the things thatteenagers seem to do is to respond more strongly with gut response than they dowith evaluating the consequences of what they're doing. This would result in amore impulsive, more gut-oriented response in terms of behavior, so that theywould be different than adults. They would be more spontaneous, and lessinhibited. ...
That's a really interesting point, because enrichment or special kinds ofeducation during this period of time are very valuable; the brain is ready andresponsive in a way that it's not later in life. And one of the questions iswhether or not we can teach teenagers or adolescents to be more discriminatingin interpersonal communication.
For example, many adults say that one of the things that they felt most limitedby is the ability to have a really good relationship, a really intimaterelationship with another person. And the basis of that really comes out ofbeing able to read cues and being able to relate to others. So I think that theteenage years are important years for learning those skills. We assume thatteenagers are getting those skills at home, or we think that they're gettingthem in groups that they participate in, such as Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, clubsthat they belong to. But for perhaps many of our teens, they're not gettingthese skills, and maybe we've just assumed they're getting them. ... 041b061a72