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Importance of investing in adolescence from a developmental science perspective

  • Author(s): Dahl, RE
  • Allen, NB
  • Wilbrecht, L
  • Suleiman, AB
  • et al.
Abstract

© 2018 Macmillan Publishers Limited, part of Springer Nature. All rights reserved. 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.

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