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Developmental Psychologist Says Teenagers Are Different (NYTimes)

Developmental Psychologist Says Teenagers Are Different (NYTimes)

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Laurence Steinberg, a developmental psychologist at Temple University in Philadelphia, is one of the leading experts in the United States on adolescent behavior and adolescent brain biology. Dr. Steinberg, 57, has won the $1 million Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize, which will be awarded to him at a ceremony in early December in Switzerland. Here is an edited version of two conversations with Dr. Steinberg last month: Q. YOU HEAR PARENTS SOMETIMES SAY, “I’M LIVING WITH AN INSANE PERSON. MY CHILD IS A TEENAGER.” ARE THEY BEING HYPERBOLIC? A. I’m not one of those people who labels adolescence as some sort of mental illness. Teenagers are not crazy. They’re different. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/01/science/01conv.html

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