Adolescent Development & Juvenile Justice

How dumb decisions can ruin lives
Thu, 01/30/2020 - 7:30am to 9:00am
The Cove at UCI Applied Innovation 5270 California Ave, Irvine CA 92697

If kids are so smart, why do they do such stupid things? This is an important question because the stupid things kids do often get them into serious trouble, and sometimes that trouble has lifelong consequences. Research on adolescent brain development, as well as psychological studies of human development, are yielding a much clearer picture of why smart adolescents do dumb things – drink and drive, send naked pictures of themselves via text, etc.

Join the Social Ecology ChangeMakers at Daybreak Diaologues, as Elizabeth Cauffman, professor of psychological science, education and law, explains how cognitive and emotional maturation follow different developmental trajectories and presents preliminary findings from her research studies, “Pathways and Crossroads”. Professor Cauffman will examine the impact of the juvenile justice system on kids’ development and behavior and will discuss the innovative Young Adult Court in Orange County.