Laurence Steinberg on the challenges of adolescence


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.

WHYY is your source for fact-based, in-depth journalism and information. As a nonprofit organization, we rely on financial support from readers like you. Please give today.

Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

Together we can reach 100% of WHYY’s fiscal year goal