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  • Nature | News & Views

    The idea that disrupted pruning of neuronal connections in the brain during adolescence is a cause of schizophrenia was proposed in 1983. This proved prescient, as subsequent imaging, genetic and molecular research has shown.

    • Matthew B. Johnson
    •  &  Beth Stevens
  • Nature Human Behaviour | Comment

    Early adolescence (age 10–14) is an important window of opportunity to address gender socialization as the basis for health and social justice. This Comment explains why this is the case and provides illustrative examples of existing evidence on strategies to promote gender equitable attitudes in young adolescents.

    • Venkatraman Chandra-Mouli
    • , Marina Plesons
    •  &  Avni Amin
  • Nature | Editorial

    Young people get a raw deal from society. Targeted study and approaches as part of a new global effort are urgently needed to help them.

  • Nature Human Behaviour | Comment

    Advances in technology and the advent of social media have led to the emergence of a new phenomenon — cyberbullying. Although there are some similarities, approaches to tackling traditional bullying are largely ineffective in combating cyberbullying, which has been linked to adverse mental health and, in extreme cases, suicide.

    • Jean-Baptiste Pingault
    •  &  Tabea Schoeler
  • Nature Human Behaviour | Comment

    Identity formation is an important developmental process during adolescence, with several applied and public health implications. To prevent identity development from going astray, educational efforts, prevention programmes and policy initiatives are needed that help young people develop a healthy sense of identity.

    • Seth J. Schwartz
    •  &  Mariya Petrova
  • Nature Reviews Endocrinology | Opinion

    The incidence of adolescent obesity is increasing, which has serious long-term implications for the affected individuals and wider society. Here, Thomas Reinehr outlines the effects of adolescent obesity and discusses how the epidemic could be addressed.

    • Thomas Reinehr
  • Nature Reviews Urology | Comment

    Dutch adolescents develop their sexuality in a stepwise manner, gradually progressing from first kiss to first sexual intercourse. Adolescents who follow a stepwise sexual development are more confident and engage in less risky sexual behaviour than those who do not. Thus, the stepwise 'sexual career' is an excellent model for guiding development of age-appropriate sex education.

    • Sanderijn van der Doef
    •  &  Jo Reinders
  • Nature Reviews Clinical Oncology | News & Views

    Recently published data from a large-cohort study confirm the substantial burden of chronic health conditions among childhood cancer survivors, and describe the multiple chronic conditions faced by these individuals. The findings emphasize the need for specialized care in this unique patient population that, as discussed herein, often goes unmet. More must be done to ease the burden on cancer survivors; new models of care are required to improve their long-term health.

    • Tara O. Henderson
    •  &  Kevin C. Oeffinger