Author: Theresa Haines

What Is Going On Up There?: Adolescent Brain Development

Adolescence is its own animal of a time period in the life of a person compared with childhood, emerging adulthood, adulthood and late adulthood. The complexity of adolescence is astounding! Cognitive, emotional, psychological, physical and sexual identity development is all going on in a matter of seven to six years (ages 11-18), which will then slow down through the late teens to early twenties. All of this development happens at varying rates for girls and boys. Researchers, schools and youth workers typically define adolescence as the ages between 12 and 18 or the middle and high school years. The...

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