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March 20, 2001
Thomas Szasz's argument for why kids shoot up schools today (and didn't do it 50 years ago) makes little sense (Commentary, March 15). I agree that adolescence is a difficult age to get through in this society, for many reasons. But school 50 years ago was no less compulsory than now. One thing that is striking compared to the past is the increase in bad behavior among children of all ages. There is less fear of and respect for adults, more peer power, and an epidemic of foul language and bad manners.
March 27, 2014 | By Inkoo Kang
Rarely has the zone between girlhood and womanhood been captured with such urgent honesty than in Eliza Hittman's superb teen drama "It Felt Like Love. " Hittman's debut isn't just a brilliantly tactile study of the mounting sexual curiosity and frustration of 14-year-old Lila (Gina Piersanti); it's also an important landmark in the oft-ignored subgenre of realistic movies about female adolescence. Lila doesn't want a boyfriend. She wants something better. When the working-class Brooklyn teen observes her slightly older but infinitely more sexually experienced friend Chiara (Giovanna Salimeni)
May 8, 1989
Our culture's ambivalence about adolescents (indeed about adolescence) is coming home to roost. Blind materialism says that we are successful if we give our kids everything they could want, including the satisfaction of their desire for freedom. But at the same time, our protective, self-indulgent and ultimately harmful attitude that childhood should be exclusively a time of carefree innocence keeps us from passing on to them such values as self-discipline, work and its personal rewards, and the ability to handle adversity.
March 21, 2014 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
By 1991, Mike Kelley had emerged as a crucial artist in Los Angeles, at the head of a pack that had pushed into prominence in the previous decade. His riveting sculptures reassembled from ratty stuffed animals, crocheted dolls and other tattered children's playthings that he scavenged from thrift shops were also generating considerable critical attention far beyond the city. Then 36, Kelley was invited to participate in the Carnegie International exhibition in Pittsburgh, one of the oldest and most respected surveys of its kind.
January 14, 2011 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times
Fearful memories acquired early in life may be temporarily forgotten, researchers suggested this week. Although the study is in mice, it raises the question of whether humans may suppress or recall memories at different times of life. The researchers, from Cornell, Brown and New York University, conducted a series of experiments in early-, mid- and late-adolescent mice. As the mice entered adolescence, previously formed fearful memories were suppressed. But the mice could recall the fearful memory -- after being exposed to the context of the situation as a reminder -- once they entered adulthood.
April 23, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
It took Dutch filmmaker Frans Hofmeester's daughter Lotte 12 years to grow from a full-cheeked infant to a coy 12-year-old girl on the brink of adolescence. But you can watch this incredible (and inevitable) evolution take place in less than three minutes, thanks to Hofmeester's video "Lotte Time Lapse: Birth to 12 years in 2 min. 45. " Hoffmeester filmed his daughter once a week, every week, since her birth in October 1999. As she was about to enter adolescence, he decided it was time to share this visual history of his daughter's growth with the world.
December 23, 1990
For a book-in-progress on childhood and spirituality, I would like to hear from readers who can recall specific peak, mystical or transpersonal experience(s) before adolescence. Please contact: DR EDWARD HOFFMAN Fur Worlds Journal P.O. Box 540 East Meadow NY 11554
November 11, 1990
I've been reading Calendar for 15 years and never before was I so moved as by the sadness, complexity and innocence of Lawrence Christon's interview with Sylvester Stallone (Oct. 28). Rocky and Rambo were only Stallone's adolescence; now the real man can shine on his own. LARI WOLF Beverly Hills
June 27, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Teens who diet may not be going through a phase -- they could be continuing that behavior into adulthood, a study finds. Researchers followed a group of teens -- 1,030 boys and 1,257 girls -- for 10 years. At the beginning of the study, the participants ranged from early to middle adolescence (about 13 to 16), and at the end they were in their early to mid-adulthood (ages 23 to 26). About half of the girls and one-fourth of the boys said they had dieted in the last year. Those numbers stayed pretty consistent for all girls, but for older boys dieting increased as they got older, going from 21.9% in mid-adolescence to 27.9% in middle young adulthood.
June 6, 2004 | Rachel Hadas
Teenagers stare at themselves so long and hard, scan their faces and bodies with such extended, scrupulous attention that they seem to be listening even more than looking for some message which if they are patient, if they work hard enough at this self-study, will finally arrive. Every pore and follicle of her pubescent body Humbert touched, tasted, adored, imagined even if he couldn't physically reach it.
February 6, 2014 | Meghan Daum
Several months ago, I watched Woody Allen's 1979 film "Manhattan" for the first time since I was in my 20s and for perhaps the 10th time total. "He adored New York City," Allen's character, Isaac Davis, says in voice-over in the opening lines. "He idolized it all out of proportion. " Once upon a time, I idolized this movie all out of proportion. Though I was too young to see it when it was first released, I became obsessed with its Gershwin soundtrack and black-and-white, wide-screen cinematography in high school, right around the time I began romanticizing some mythic notion of becoming a New York sophisticate.
January 31, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
A California law that prohibits therapists from trying to change the sexual orientation of children and adolescents survived another legal challenge this week. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals announced that an earlier decision by a three-judge panel upholding the law wouldn't be reconsidered by a larger group of 11 judges. That was the correct decision. But a judge who believes the law should be reconsidered on free-speech grounds raised an important question in his dissenting opinion.
January 15, 2014 | By Melissa Healy
Adolescents treated with the antidepressant fluoxetine -- better known by its commercial name, Prozac -- appear to undergo changes in brain signaling that result in changed behavior well into adulthood, says a new study. Adult mice and rats who were administered Prozac for a stretch of mid-adolescence responded to daunting social and physical challenges with less despair than animals who passed their teen years unmedicated, a team of researchers found. But, even as adults long separated from their antidepressant days, the Prozac veterans reacted to stressful situations with greater anxiety than did the adult Prozac virgins.
September 17, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
Adopted adolescents are at higher risk of attempting suicide, according to a recently released study published in the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics. However, University of Minnesota research psychologist Margaret Keyes emphasized that the majority of adoptees they studied were “psychologically healthy.” “We feel there's no reason to be alarmed by these findings,” Keyes said. Instead, she said that the study results could be useful for clinicians treating adopted people who already show other signs that they are at risk.
July 17, 2013 | By Chad Terhune
A disjointed financing system for mental health services in California has led to gaps in care, but the national healthcare law is expected to help close some of those holes, according to new research by the California HealthCare Foundation. Half of the state's adults and two-thirds of the adolescents with mental health issues aren't receiving treatment, according to the study . Private insurance has historically lacked mental health services, so patients often seek care through the public system.
April 17, 2013 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
Eli (played by rising theater star Seth Numrich) is an openly gay high school student who has been transplanted from the San Francisco Bay Area to Iowa after the tragic death of his father. His English professor mother (a gritty Wendy vanden Heuvel) has accepted a job in the Midwest and is eager to start a new life with her son. Eli, feeling like the freak newcomer at his school, resents her for inflicting this culture shock on him but even more he resents her for trying to be happy.
March 3, 2007
My blood curdled in recounting the shameful Morningside-South Torrance high school girls' basketball debacle of over 17 years ago [Crowe's Nest, Feb. 26]. Frank Scott and his ilk have no business in professions where their personal neuroses play out among and influence impressionable young people. The kindest words I can muster for Lisa Leslie are that her callous behavior can be attributed to a combination of normal, "in-your-face" adolescence, skewed priorities stemming from putting all of one's self-worth eggs in one basket and collateral damage from Coach Role Model.
March 21, 2013 | By Sheri Linden
Working with first-time actors playing versions of themselves, Michel Gondry has crafted an exuberantly chaotic vision of a teenage moment in time in "The We and the I. " The feature, set on the last day of the school year, jumps back and forth among a group of Bronx high-school students as they ride the bus home. Their fictitious route, on a real city bus, takes far longer than an actual cross-borough commute would. But the trip, beginning in bright afternoon and ending in twilight, is a figurative flight as well as an earthbound echo chamber of empty yammering and dramas both petty and huge.
March 15, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Given a choice between a new Toyota Corolla or the latest iPhone, 16-year-old Allison Katz of Irvine says that's an easy one. She'd take the phone. Texting drives her social life. She doesn't have a driver's license and hasn't rushed to get one. "I mostly stay near my house except for soccer practice, and then Mom or Dad drives," Allison said. It's enough to keep an auto executive awake at night. Thirty years ago, nearly half of 16-year-olds had a driver's license, their passport to independence.
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