Teenagers' tantrums: it's all in the brain

Well this put's a different complexion on things! :lol: No more complaining about youngsters fellow RumRationers please - they've got a good excuse - I always thought they had - Admiral LeFanu's assertion was that there were no bad boys only bad parents! It looks like it comes down to a bit of developmental neurology as well. 8)

Perhaps we should raise the minimum joining age to 18 after all...

Teenagers' tantrums: it's all in the brain
James Randerson, science correspondent
Guardian: September 8, 2006

Sulky teenagers cannot help being rude or having tantrums because their brains have not yet fully developed, a leading neuroscientist said yesterday.

Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, a cognitive neuroscientist at University College London, said that they could not help being sullen because they were still developing social skills and did not yet have the full mental hardware to see the world from someone else's point of view or predict the consequences of their actions.

Dr Blakemore, who presented the work at the British Association festival of science yesterday, said it was questionable whether teenagers were mentally ready to be held responsible for their actions - in court, for example. "If making decisions about how you treat teenagers ... you need to take this new research into account," she said. "The brain is pre-programmed to undergo huge changes during adolescence."

Her research shows adolescents use their brains differently for tasks which involve putting themselves in someone else's shoes. "It's not just hormones causing teenagers to be difficult. It is also the fact that their brain is developing," she said. "It does give them a bit of an excuse."

In one study, she compared the responses of 112 adolescents and adults to questions that involved taking someone else's perspective on an event. She found that participants got quicker with age.

Next, her team looked at what is going on in the brain by putting 11 adults and 19 adolescents under a brain scanner. They asked questions that involved the subjects working out how they would solve a problem in the future - something that demands the ability to take the perspective of their future state of mind.

The brain activity was subtly different in the teenagers compared with the adults. The teenagers used a region at the front of the brain less and one at the back more. The latter region is involved in simply representing physical actions rather than social consequences or intentions, suggesting that the teenagers were thinking about the problem in a less sophisticated way.


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imom1406

War Hero
More excuses for bad behaviour, ADHD, etc...I'm just old fashioned i guess, a mixture of unconditional love and mutual respectful discipline, seems to work on my teenager, and a more kind and thought person you couldn't wish to meet!
 
Couldn't agree more imom - good old fashioned values, structure and discipline and a bit less of the selfish parenting that is so common these days. Having said that we did go through a period where assuming any brain activity at all was dangerous!
 

imom1406

War Hero
Recipe.
take one child (or more)

Feed it properly
Pay it attention
help it with homework
read to it regularly
spend time with it
teach it right and wrong
listen to it

Leave to mature.....
 
According to the article teenagers cannot be held fully responsible for their actions... like psychopaths! 8O

This is actually rather interesting. Neither punishment nor treatment is an appropriate response to psychopathy. Containment is. So perhaps when teenagers misbehave, we should simply lock them in padded bedrooms, or in the case of sailors, tie them up in their duvets and secure them to their bunks! :lol:
 

imom1406

War Hero
They are only Psychopaths because their parents do not equip them with the ability to make moral judgements about right and wrong, if it were the case that teenagers brains are messed up, what happened for the last 10,000 years...or is this just Darwinian evolution.....Homo Chav. (rather than Sapien)
 
Imom, I'm half joking, but only half. It's a good thing I've abandoned my criminological study of the G-Place or this study would have been excellent material to use... I might have argued that all the recruits needed was TLC, not ruff-tuff discipline, and a gentle talking to when they strayed off course... :twisted: :lol:
 

SILVER_FOX

War Hero
I read with interest many of the comments above. As a parent with one child who suffers from a severe combination of Autism and ADHD I can say that it, whilst it is all in the mind (chemical unbalance, etc) it is not a case of my son being naughty, nor a reflection on my parenting skills. Some kids are just unfortunate in being born this way, some are not. Some children are bad by choice and some by the training inflicted by their parents over a prolonged period of time.

Yes it appears that there are many more problem children in today's world but then the medical types have just become better at identifying and diagnosing them. I don't want to get into the whole tripple jab theory.

To those of you who have children who are not as unfortunate - lucky you; but don't make disparaging "old man like" remarks about something which the majority of you know little or nothing about and thank God daily that your families have never had to experience the effects on a daily basis.

SF
 

imom1406

War Hero
SILVER_FOX said:
I read with interest many of the comments above. As a parent with one child who suffers from a severe combination of Autism and ADHD I can say that it, whilst it is all in the mind (chemical unbalance, etc) it is not a case of my son being naughty, nor a reflection on my parenting skills. Some kids are just unfortunate in being born this way, some are not. Some children are bad by choice and some by the training inflicted by their parents over a prolonged period of time.

Yes it appears that there are many more problem children in today's world but then the medical types have just become better at identifying and diagnosing them. I don't want to get into the whole tripple jab theory.

To those of you who have children who are not as unfortunate - lucky you; but don't make disparaging "old man like" remarks about something which the majority of you know little or nothing about and thank God daily that your families have never had to experience the effects on a daily basis.

SF

Silver please don't take my comments above as a slight, there are many "real" disabilities (for the want of a better word), and my heart and respect goes out to parents who have the challenge of dealing with this day in and day out. But along with better diagnosis, has come a certain level of lazyness in using "syndromes" of all sorts and labels to excuse otherwise healthy kids, i have seen this myself. Autism and ADHD are real but cover a wide spectrum.

The comments above are not aimed at children who obviously have significant difficulties, but those who use such things as an excuse for their actions.

Like all parents (i have 3 kids) i've had problems, and seen children at my kid's school with ADHD etc. and it is a real tragedy. But blanket diagnosis like "teenagers can't help it because of their brains" only serves to camouflage kids with real problems, sorry if i caused offence, i didnt intend to!
 

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