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decorative star graphic Adolescence:
Cognitive Development
- Adolescent Decision Making -

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Ψ  Until adulthood, most people don't make major decisions alone. They are more likely to be influenced by parents (family), teachers, cultural values, or struck by inertia.

Ψ  Adolescents need protection from poor judgments because:
     •   they have difficulty weighing risk against opportunity.
      •   for them immediate gratifications override long term consequences.
       •   the consequences of their choices are more serious. (choices are long-lasting).

Choosing Risky Sex

    •   Sexually Transmitted Diseases
      •   Unwanted Pregnancy
        •   The danger of Intense Commitment.

There IS a Need for Better Sex Education.

Human Growth & Development
Robert C. Gates
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