Putting the Brakes on Adolescent Impulse

September 3, 2014 6:26 PM

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Putting the Brakes on Adolescent Impulse

Teenagers do the dumbest things. Case in point: a reportedly intoxicated high school senior watching a championship lacrosse game recently in New Jersey came unglued when his team lost and he saw a parent on the opposing side filming the winners' celebration. Cursing the offending mother for daring to record the festivities, he then punched the outraged father for jumping to his wife's defense. Rumor has it that the excitable lad left the stadium in a police car.

What possessed this young man, and others like him, to behave so foolishly? Laurence Steinberg, in his powerful new book Age of Opportunity: Lessons From the New Science of Adolescence, gives us fresh answers. And the man has gravitas: he's a psychology professor at Temple and esteemed author, havin...

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