Adolescent Health Care - Resources for Parents

Resources for Parents

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These are general pamphlets that cover basic issues depending on the teen's age and risk profile.

  • Letter to Parents of Teenagers introduces teen services that are available and the concept of a teen-friendly clinic. It encourages parents to be involved in their teen's healthcare, but also introduces the concept of transitioning to a more independent patient-provider relationship.
  • Parent Notes: Tips for Parents of Teens covers basic teen issues from the parent's point of view and offers some basic tips for parenting teens.


  • How to Talk so Teens will Listen and Listen so Teens will Talk(Faber, Adele and Elaine Mazlish, 2005) Improve your relationships with your teen through more effective communication.
  • Get Out of My Life, but First Could You Drive Me and Cheryl to the Mall?: A Parent's Guide to the New Teenager. (Wolf, Rev. updated edition, 2002). Anthony Wolf's book attempts to explain adolescents' behavior to their parents. It contains chapters on a variety of subjects (e.g., school, sex, suicide), as well as such themes as "What They Do and Why."
  • The Growing Season: >A Parent’s Guide to Positive Parenting of Teens (video and Parent handbook) (Pitzer, Ronald. University of Minnesota Extension Service, University of Minnesota, 2000. To order call 800-876-8636).
  • Why Do They Act that Way? A Survival Guide to the Adolescent Brain for You and Your Teen. (Walsh, 2004) Dr. David Walsh is a nationally known expert in adolescence and parenting. He explains in easy to understand language how the changes in the brain during adolescence bring about many of the behavior problems often associated with teenagers. He also offers practical solutions for parents on how to deal with a broad range of behavioral issues.


  • Positive Parenting. This video-based parenting education curriculum, which focuses on disciplining and nurturing children by means other than physical punishment, was developed by the Universities of Minnesota and Wisconsin. Positive Parenting of Teens is devoted specifically to raising adolescents.
  • SIECUS.The Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS) is a national, nonprofit organization that develops, collects, and disseminates information, promotes comprehensive education about sexuality, and advocates the rights of individuals to make responsible sexual choices. The site includes educational information on parenting, as well as an annotated bibliography.
  • Talking About Sex: A Guide for Families. (Planned Parenthood Federation of America). Designed for families with kids ages 10 to 14, Talking About Sex attempts to teach kids how to protect themselves as well as to foster positive self-images.
  • Intermedia, Inc. This site offers a number of videos of interest to adolescents. These include:
    • Teenage Nutrition, which attempts to help teens develop healthy eating habits
    • Suicide Prevention, a training tape for teachers and counselors on the warning signs of teen suicide
    • A Desperate Exit, an after-school special about teen suicide
    • Got II Come Up, an examination of youth gang involvement
    • Living Large, an overview of the responsibilities of being a tenant for the first time
    • Gangs: Be Aware, an exploration of the realities of street gangs
    • It's a Female Thing, a gender awareness video that explores growing up female in our society
    • Unlearning Violence, conflict resolution skills for elementary and middle school kids

Web Sites

  • Harvard University's Parenting Project. This site includes a downloadable copy of Raising Teens: A Synthesis of Research and a Foundation for Action, the Project's most recent report, as well as lists such as Five Basics of Parenting Adolescents (with an accompanying set of strategies).
  • The National Parenting Center. This site contains information on parenting, including articles on keeping the lines of communication open, socializing and body image, talking about sex, talking about drugs, privacy, suicide, and divorce.

Minnesota Health Improvement Partnership Adolescent Health Services Action Team in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Health, Updated 2006