Laurence Steinberg on the challenges of adolescence

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Guest: Laurence Steinberg

LAURENCE STEINBERG wants to change the way we think about adolescence. He says instead of looking at teenagers’ lives as a problem waiting to happen, we should consider that time in life as one filled with promise and opportunity. Steinberg, a development psychologist, studies the way teenage brains work and has found that while adolescents are hard-wired to take risks, there are ways parents and society at large can help them more self-conscious and aware of their implications of their behavior. He details it all in his new book Age of Opportunity: Lessons from the New Science of Adolescence.

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