Inside The Mind Of A Teenager

03/28/2008 02:45 am ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011

Teens have been taught since elementary school about avoiding risky behaviors such as drinking, drugs and sex. So why, parents may wonder, do they so often slip up? One theory may be the teen brain.

New brain research on adolescents has shown that although teens may look like adults and try to act like them, the area of the brain that regulates emotions and impulses is still developing, and the systems aren't yet completely connected.

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