Adolescent Neurological Development and Implications for Health and Well-Being
AbstractAdolescence is evolution’s solution to bringing the capacity of our large, complex brains to fruition. It is a critical period for brain development and the experiences of each adolescent during this time helps to shape their adult brain. Brain developments lead to both the hormonal changes and the emotional, cognitive, and behavioral characteristics of the teenage years. They drive a growth towards independence via more complex reasoning skills, increased importance of social affiliations outside the family, and an urge to experiment and explore boundaries. In the context of still incomplete inhibitory systems, a heightened sensitivity to rewards, including the need for social acceptance, can mean risk-taking or impulsive behaviour in some. The continued plasticity of the brain can also mean a creativity and openness to novel solutions. These normative steps of adolescence are especially relevant to young people with chronic health conditions. An understanding of brain development at this time can help us appreciate the perspective and priorities of adolescents with health conditions. It can also guide us towards better ways of collaborating with them. View Full-Text
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Griffin, A. Adolescent Neurological Development and Implications for Health and Well-Being. Healthcare 2017, 5, 62.
Griffin A. Adolescent Neurological Development and Implications for Health and Well-Being. Healthcare. 2017; 5(4):62.Chicago/Turabian Style
Griffin, Angela. 2017. "Adolescent Neurological Development and Implications for Health and Well-Being." Healthcare 5, no. 4: 62.
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