PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Dealing with adolescents can take every ounce of patience you have, but a local professor and author may be able to shed some light.

Sorry to say, but adolescence now begins earlier and lasts longer, according to Dr. Laurence Steinberg Temple psychology professor and author of “You and Your Adolescent: the Essential Guide for Ages 10 to 25.”

“Most social scientists think of adolescence as ending when people establish economic independence and residential independence from their parents and because of changes in the educational requirements for good jobs and because of the current state of the economy young people are staying dependent on their parents than they have ever before.”

He says the book offers tips on talking about puberty to helping your child get into a good college. The goal is not just survival but to make these years happy and meaningful.

Reported By Lynne Adkins, KYW Newsradio.

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