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Why are teens expected to behave like adults?


Science has shown that the development of certain parts of the brain necessary for making good decisions, being rational, understanding long-term consequences and reasoning, are not fully developed until at least age 21 and sometimes later. One of the hallmarks of teen behavior is irrationality, yet many people mistakenly expect adult-like rational decisions and consistent behavior from teens. Many teens are left to themselves during these very confusing years of their lives, and many misunderstandings and tragedies are the result. When will we learn?

 

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