Adolescent Medicine Resources

Behavioral Health

Provides information about the signs and symptoms of anorexia nervosa and bulimia and the importance of early identification and treatment.

Find a list of addiction recovery centers in Philadelphia that includes reviews and ratings to help you choose the alcohol and drug abuse treatment facility that is right for you.

Find information about anxiety, stress, weight problems and depression, including a Parent's Guide to Teen Depression and a Teenager's Guide to Depression. In addition, you'll find resources dedicated to different challenges teens and adolescents face.

Provides information about mental health and support resources for families, teens and young adults. It has affiliates in every state and in many local communities.

Healthy Habits offers girls reliable, useful information on health and well-being. Its cover a variety of topics, including fitness, nutrition, stopping bullying, relationships and much more.

“Take Charge of Your Health: A Guide for Teenagers” provides tips and advice for teenagers to get healthy and maintain healthy habits. This educational resource was developed by the Weight-control Information Network.

Parenting Support

The Adolescent Health Working Group provides information to parents on raising a sexually healthy adolescent, dealing with teenage pregnancy, and talking to adolescents about sexual orientation.

Provides information to help parents turn around their children's behavior. You can find practical advice on the Empowering Parents blog and Facebook page. You will also find other parents who are dealing with similar issues with their children.

Find education booklets with information on how families can support their lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) children; family videos; research based on family interviews and case studies; and how to request training for your community.

Find a “For Teens” section with information about stress, how to deal with it, how to create a stress management plan, and when to get help. It also offers a “Parents” section with information about how to build resilience in children and teens through the 7 Cs.

Offers articles on how to communicate with your child about a range of issues, including cheating, aggressive behavior and disobedience. You’ll also find information about discipline, including general rules for disciplining teens.

Check out the teen section on the American Academy of Pediatric website for helpful information about dating and sex, fitness, nutrition, driving safety, school, and substance abuse.

This resource from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry provides tips and techniques to help teenagers manage stress.

We Can! (Ways to Enhance Children's Activity & Nutrition) is a national movement designed to give parents, caregivers and entire communities a way to help children stay at a healthy weight.

Provides resources for schools, providers and organizations to create safe spaces for all children and youth of diverse gender identities, gender expressions and sexual orientations, as well as support for families and caregivers.

This guide, created by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), is for parents and guardians of kids ages 10 to 14. It provides information about the dangers of alcohol use and abuse, tips for talking with your young teen about alcohol, prevention strategies for parents, resources and more.


Listen to Aletha Akers, MD, MPH, FACOG, an attending physician in the Division of Adolescent Medicine at CHOP, discuss HPV symptoms, screening recommendations, transmission and prevention, long-term implications, the latest studies looking at the impact of the HPV vaccine, and more.

Reproductive Health

Planned Parenthood delivers vital reproductive healthcare, sex education, and information to millions of women, men and young people worldwide.

Suicide Prevention

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline wants to help you find a reason to keep living. Call 988.

Vehicle Safety for Kids and Teens

The Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP) at CHOP provides an evidence-based website called for teens, parents, policymakers and those that support and educate them. Get information on best practices for learning to drive, graduated driver licensing laws, and guiding teens during the risky early years of independent driving. Download teaching aids, fact sheets, research reports, and more.


The CDC site for Smoking and Tobacco use features information on the dangers of smoking and how to quit.

Provides vital peer-support, community connections and resource information to people with questions regarding sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Operates the GLBT National Hotline and the GLBT National Youth Talkline to help GLBT people deal with issues they don't feel comfortable talking about elsewhere.

Go Ask Alice is a website designed to allow teens to voice their sexual health concerns and get real answers from the staff at Columbia University.

iknowUshould2, launched by CHOP, is a campaign for teens that aims to improve knowledge about and increase testing for sexually transmitted infections and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health provides information to help protect the health of all Philadelphians and to lead healthy lives. Philadelphia residents can get medical care at many health centers throughout the city.

A public-private partnership, in support of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender, queer and questioning youth, the Safe Schools Coalition offers resources to youth, schools and coaches to help schools become safe places where every family can belong.

The Vaccine Education Center at CHOP provides complete, up-to-date and reliable information about vaccines to parents and healthcare professionals. This includes detailed information about vaccines and the diseases they prevent, the science behind vaccines, when vaccines should be given, and more.

Provides information and support to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (GLBTQ) young people. Through monthly features, message boards, and online peer education, GLBTQ youth receive information on activism, culture, sexual health, and other issues that are important to them.