Teenage brains and criminal activity
While developing into adult human beings, teenagers experience a number of impulsive thoughts and engage in alarming activities, including crimes. The truth is, teenagers behave in ways that are irrational, dangerous, emotional, reactive to stress and impulsive. They have different ways of approaching social situations, solving problems and making important decisions. Furthermore, they are less likely to think about the consequences of their actions and change their dangerous behavior as a result. Although people may think of this as normal teenage behavior, there is actual scientific evidence supporting these behaviors.
Researchers have found that the area of the brain responsible for experiencing aggression and fear develops early in teenagers. On the other hand, the frontal cortex, which is responsible for controlling our ability to reason, problem solve and think things through before acting, develops later. There are other areas of the brain that are developing during adolescence, including strengthening nerve cell connections and growing better communication pathways.
As a result of these brain changes and development, teenagers act different than adults. They have a lack of maturity, which makes them more likely to engage in serious crimes. They are also more prone to social peer pressure and may easily be influenced to commit a crime to fit in with a group or to change what someone thinks of them. Most teenagers grow out of this violent and aggressive behaviors as they mature into adults and become more self-controlled. Researchers have also looked at what types of teenage rehabilitation is most effective in getting teens who have engaged in criminal behavior back into society.