The Teenage Brain: New Knowledge from Neuroscience

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February 2016
  • Fairness in the Courts
  • Violence Against Women and Girls
  • National Judicial Education Program
  • Teen Dating Violence
  • Resource for Women and Advocates
  • Publication

This sheet is part of our collection of eleven Teen Dating Violence Information and Resources Sheets.

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Until recently it was thought that young people who had passed through puberty were essentially adults without life experience. New neuroscience has shown that this is decidedly not the case. The teenage brain has unique strengths and weaknesses, but because of the structural rate at which the brain‘s components grow and connect with one another, the teen brain has a long way to go to reach maturity.

Using current research from neuroscience, this resource demonstrates the ways in which young people are especially vulnerable to the long-term effects of intimate partner violence, and explains how the response of judges, court personnel, and court-related professionals in cases involving teen dating violence is a significant factor in determining whether victims develop the resiliency they need to take control of their own lives, move forward, and break the cycle of domestic violence for their own and the next generation.