Adolescent brain development: vulnerabilities and opportunities

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The New York Academy of Sciences, 2004 - Medical - 472 pages
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Morbidity and mortality increase 300% during adolescence, with the majority of the serious health problems--suicide, homicide, depression, alcohol, nicotine. and substance abuse--related to difficulties controlling behavior and emotions. This book addresses the critical gap of basic knowledge about human brain development during puberty and adolescence and urges better integration of disciplines to specifically focus on the neurobehavioral changes during normal adolescent development that contribute to increased risk-taking and/or reward-seeking. This volume will stimulate further investigations that will have clinical and social policy relevance to the wide range of behavioral and emotional health problems emerging in adolescence.

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