Though therapists, doctors, and parents themselves may have their own theories about why teenagers are prone to exhibiting risky behaviors, consensus often rests with the idea that the executive cognitive function of the brain simply hasn’t fully developed in adolescents. Yet a new study based at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Annenburg Public Policy Center has found that no two explanations for teen behavior may be precisely the same. The work, which followed a group of adolescents over a period of four years and tracked behavioral choices and cognitive skills, found that there are many possible contributing factors when considering risky behavior, and as a result, generic treatments are likely to fail.
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