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Open Journal of Psychiatry & Allied Sciences
Year : 2019, Volume : 10, Issue : 1
First page : ( 85) Last page : ( 86)
Print ISSN : 2394-2053. Online ISSN : 2394-2061.
Article DOI : 10.5958/2394-2061.2019.00008.9

Present day adolescents: why they are, the way they are

Talukdar Shailendra Kumar1, Gohain Rupa2,*

1Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Gauhati Medical College Hospital, Guwahati, Assam, India

2Senior Resident, Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences (IHBAS), Delhi, India

*Correspondence Dr. Rupa Gohain, Room No. G3, Hostel No. 1, Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences (IHBAS), Dilshad Garden, Delhi-110095, India. rupagohain@gmail.com

Online published on 16 January, 2019.


Adolescence, a period that begins with the onset of puberty and ends with successful independence from the parent, is best described as a period full of stress and strife. Apart from the strain placed by the society, it is a biological developmental phase characterised by rapid physical growth, sexual maturation, secondary sexual characteristics, emotional changes, cognitive development, maturation of judgement, and self-regulation skills. Empiric evidence proves that there are greater risks of mood volatility, increased conflicts with parents, increased risk taking behaviour, recklessness, and sensation seeking in adolescence. This article reviews the neurobiological basis of such behaviour in the context of modern society.



Puberty, Brain, Adolescent Behaviour, Neurobiology.


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