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1. Adolescence: Change and Continuity
Created by students at Penn State University, this site offers organized, straight forward, and pertinent information about adolescence. We like the fact that it was not written by teachers who think they know what students want and how to write for them. Instead, it was written by students, for students! On the start page, you will find a table with three logical categories: Basic Domains (e.g., biological changes, cognitive changes, and social transitions), Contexts (e.g., peer groups, family influences, schools, and more), and Issues (identity development, intimacy, sexuality, and more). Once you choose what category you want to explore, click on the link and you will get a page containing interesting, short pieces on topics such as self-esteem and identity, teen pregnancy, STDs, sexual identity, and much, much, more. Plus, there are case studies generously offered by the students from the class (their own experiences).
2. The Something-Fishy Website on Eating Disorders
It seems that more young people than ever are suffering from and with eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia, overeating, and a host of others. It is frightening to think just how many people are dealing with these issues, how the ages of sufferers are getting lower all the time, and how difficult it can be. Well, the motto of this site is, "you're not alone", and we have to agree with this. The problem is pervasive and growing. The Something-Fishy website provides a range of information about all sorts of eating disorders. You will find basic information like definitions and symptoms or the disorders, methods for treatment, help reaching out to others who suffers, emotional and physical dangers, coping mechanisms, and so much more we can't describe it a;; here. We are not going to go any further into what sections are best, recommendations, etc., We just want to say that this site covers the issues involved with eating disorders as well as any we have ever seen.
3. AVERT: AIDS Education & Research Trust
The organization that runs this site provides information about AIDS to people of all ages, races, sexual orientation, etc., but the link here goes directly to their "Young People's Section." In this area you will find links to topical resource areas about AIDS, birth control, sex, sexuality, relationships, parents, school, and stories by other young people. Plus, there are additional links at the bottom of the page for more critical information not directed toward young people such as how you can and can't become infected, HIV studies and resources, and an HIV & AIDS quiz. Some of the information for young people is written for, well, young people. This becomes most apparent in the "sex" areas, where the language is geared toward an audience younger than college students. But overall, the content is solid. If you look more at the scientific information and less at the sexual components, we think you will get quite a bit out of the site. For example, there are extensive statistical indices provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human services, Public Health Service that are revealing and presented clearly. AIDS is a major health issue for young people today, so please take a look at this site (even if you think you know everything about AIDS).
4. Dementia: Causes, Symptoms, Diagnoses
Dementia / Alzheimer's is one of the most horrific diseases humans face as they age. On this site, sponsored by the Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer's Disease Center at Northwestern University Medical School, you will find simple yet useful information about Dementia, what it is, the symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and lots more. Plus, there are several links (both internal and external) to places that provide further in formation about this debilitating disease. The site is not overflowing with information, but it does have the basics and it is from a source that is just about as reliable as you could hope for.
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