Adolescent Health Sourcebook (Health Reference Series) by Amy L. Sutton

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Contrary to long-held ideas that the brain was mostly grown-up—“fully cooked”— by the end of childhood, it is now clear that adolescence is a time of PROFOUND BRAIN GROWTH AND CHANGE )N FACT THE BRAIN OF AN EARLY ADOlescent in comparison to that of a late adolescent differs measurably in anatomy, biochemistry, and physiology. Between childhood and adulthood, the brain’s “wiring diagram” becomes richer, more complex, and more efficient, especially in the brain’s frontal lobe, or front outer mantle, which is the seat of such higher order functions as learning and socialization.

Contrary to long-held ideas that the brain was mostly grown-up—“fully cooked”— by the end of childhood, it is now clear that adolescence is a time of PROFOUND BRAIN GROWTH AND CHANGE )N FACT THE BRAIN OF AN EARLY ADOlescent in comparison to that of a late adolescent differs measurably in anatomy, biochemistry, and physiology. Between childhood and adulthood, the brain’s “wiring diagram” becomes richer, more complex, and more efficient, especially in the brain’s frontal lobe, or front outer mantle, which is the seat of such higher order functions as learning and socialization.

Celebrate Non-Use by Your Teen s 4EENS WHO ARE INVOLVED IN SPORTS THEATRE AND OTHER ACTIVITIES are less likely to abuse drugs and alcohol. Encourage your child’s involvement in extracurricular activities. s 0RAISE YOUR TEENS AND THEIR FRIENDS WHEN THEY DEMONSTRATE GOOD JUDGMENT AND MAKE HEALTHY DECISIONS Prevention Really Works Make Your Position Clear s )TS CRUCIAL FOR PARENTS TO CLEARLY AND CONSISTENTLY STATE THEIR point of view when it comes to alcohol and illegal drug use. S YOU LISTEN CAREFULLY to what they have to say, you’ll help them make appropriate choices on their own.

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