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By Kathleen Kovner Kline

This specified booklet bargains perception right into a new social technological know-how inspiration, authoritative groups. not like the other quantity, Kline’s paintings enables the ongoing discussion concerning the wishes of youngsters and youths and society’s accountability to nurture its maximum human capital. The record that ended in the advance of this quantity, Hardwired to attach, pointed out a necessity in today’s kids and formative years and communicated an answer that society believes is legitimate.

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From another angle, what if one important factor associated with dropping out is living in a father-absent home? )30 Yet the bias of the at-risk model is consistently against recognizing and confronting those dimensions of a problem that are structural, systemic, and social, and in favor of interventions that are clinical, highly targeted, and oriented to individual pathology. Second, a frequent corollary of the bias toward individual pathology is the notion that meeting the needs of at-risk youth is largely a task for professionals.

63 The developmental psychobiologist Linda Spear suggests that this (relatively mild and transient) anhedonia may be directly linked to changes in the dopamine function of the adolescent brain. In short, scientific research is increasingly demonstrating that adolescence is a biological as well as a social phenomenon. The teenage propensity for risk Hardwired to Connect 17 taking, novelty seeking, excitement, and peer affiliation is partly biologically based. This conclusion highlights the importance of the social environments that we create, or fail to create, for our adolescents.

89 This generalization is as true for children as it is for adults. S. S. 91 More than 40% report that they pray frequently. S. “93 At the same time, existing research is highly suggestive. 94 Religious practice also correlates with higher levels of reported personal happiness, higher levels of hope and optimism, and a stronger sense that one’s life has purpose and meaning. Part—but almost certainly not all— of the explanation for these findings is that people who are religiously Hardwired to Connect 23 active appear to benefit from larger social networks and more social contacts and support.

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