Risk Taking in Adolescence

@article{Steinberg2007RiskTI,
  title={Risk Taking in Adolescence},
  author={L. Steinberg},
  journal={Current Directions in Psychological Science},
  year={2007},
  volume={16},
  pages={55 - 59}
}
  • L. Steinberg
  • Published 2007
  • Psychology
  • Current Directions in Psychological Science
Trying to understand why adolescents and young adults take more risks than younger or older individuals do has challenged psychologists for decades. Adolescents' inclination to engage in risky behavior does not appear to be due to irrationality, delusions of invulnerability, or ignorance. This paper presents a perspective on adolescent risk taking grounded in developmental neuroscience. According to this view, the temporal gap between puberty, which impels adolescents toward thrill seeking, and… Expand
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