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Importance of investing in adolescence from a developmental science perspective.

Nature. 2018 Feb 21;554(7693):441-450

Authors: Dahl RE, Allen NB, Wilbrecht L, Suleiman AB

This review summarizes the case for investing in adolescence as a period of rapid growth, learning, adaptation, and formational neurobiological development. Adolescence is a dynamic maturational period during which young lives can pivot rapidly-in both negative and positive directions. Scientific progress in understanding adolescent development provides actionable insights into windows of opportunity during which policies can have a positive impact on developmental trajectories relating to health, education, and social and economic success. Given current global changes and challenges that affect adolescents, there is a compelling need to leverage these advances in developmental science to inform strategic investments in adolescent health.

PMID: 29469094 [PubMed – in process]