What’s Going On In There?

Understanding the Adolescent Brain and Its Implication for Young People

By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

May 26, 2014

Summary

Young people between the ages of 14 and 25 must take on distinct social and developmental tasks to become healthy, connected, productive adults. This fact sheet outlines brain research for teens and how kids in foster care are impacted during development by the lack of close relationships.

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Key Takeaway

THERE ISN’T A “POINT OF NO RETURN” FOR YOUNG PEOPLE WHO HAVE EXPERIENCED TRAUMA.

Kids in foster care are often affected by stressful and traumatic experiences. The shocker? Adolescence can help change that. When a teen’s brain is exposed to developmentally healthy experiences, it can actually “rewire” itself. This can help any young person — regardless of prior trauma — get on a better path to a brighter future.

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