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Age of Opportunity: Lessons from the New Science of Adolescence

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  444 ratings  ·  66 reviews
A leading authority draws on new research to explain why the adolescent years are so developmentally crucial, and what we must do to raise happier, more successful kids.

Adolescence now lasts longer than ever before. And as world-renowned expert on adolescent psychology Dr. Laurence Steinberg argues, this makes these years the key period in determining individuals’ life
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published September 9th 2014 by Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (first published January 1st 2014)
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Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
I had to lock myself in a plane and at the DMV in order to finish this book. Nothing like an old, rich, white man hating on others!
Jun 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Excellent. I loved Steinberg's book on parenting, and this is a must-read as well.

Tons of parts I liked from the book:

p. 19 The Reminiscence Bump
We recall more mundane events from adolescence, whereas unusual, emotion-laden momentous and self-defining events are recalled regardless of when they occur.

p.70 Phases in the Development of the Adolescent Brain

Phase One: Starting the Engines. Around the time of puberty, the limbic system becomes more easily aroused. During this time teenagers become
Tia Bach
Oct 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
As the mom of three girls ages 14, 12, and 9, I am just beginning to see the ebbs and flows of the adolescent years. I am also the oldest of three girls, so I remember those years as well. Just in one generation, I am shocked by the new averages being thrown at me about when girls entered puberty. One pediatrician told me the average was getting closer to 9 than 10.

Age of Opportunity supports the idea that the adolescent phase of life is getting longer. The author states, "The brain is
Jen Winckler
Nov 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I read this as "assigned reading" for a parents of teens group, and I had my highlighter doing extra duty. I liked the hard scientific facts but also that it relates to actual scenarios that adolescents find themselves. It opened up not excuses for their behavior but an opportunity to see it differently as a parent and try to find ways to work within what is a physical as well as emotional situation. It's one more input into how to raise children, but one that I found helpful and not just more ...more
Sep 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Very good overall. There is lots of neuroscience info but explained clearly so people can understand it. Makes so much sense & really found this helpful as I struggle to parent a 13 year old girl. Some information I was already aware of but good to get further insights into parenting approaches & what works.

Really liked that he clearly explained how to address problems & challenges, solid solutions were offered so I feel better equipped to handle this challenging parenting phase.

Sep 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, houghtonmifflin
Some really excellent research and ideas here (though as someone who grew up in a place without decent public transit I completely disagree about the driving age), and presented in a coherent, interesting way. A good read for any parent or educator.
Aug 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I think I learned more about adolescents in this book than I did in my entire MSW program. Excellent information and pretty well-written, although it could have been more succinct in places.
Brent Mckay
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating primer on teen brains & behavior.
Jessica Lahey
Aug 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The best book on the science of adolescence I've read.
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Steinberg argues that society has incorrectly labeled adolescence as a period that teens just need to get through, and that current research on adolescence reveals that it is actually a window of opportunity to positively impact brain development. The chapters that focus on relaying results of research were well written and clear. He is quick to point out limitations of research when necessary.
I learned a lot about how brain development shapes adolescent behavior. The chapters that give
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Laurence Steinberg is Professor of Psychology at Temple University. He is
Author of numerous books and regularly writes about education issues in
The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.
“There is a time lag between the activation of brain systems that excite our emotions and impulses and the maturation of brain systems that allow us to check these feelings and urgings—it’s like driving a car with a sensitive gas pedal and bad brakes.” 3 likes
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