Around the world, adolescence is a time of heightened sensation seeking and immature self-regulation
Laurence Steinberg, Grace Icenogle, Elizabeth P. Shulman, Kaitlyn Breiner, Jason Chein, Dario Bacchini, Lei Chang, Nandita Chaudhary, Laura Di Giunta, Kenneth A. Dodge, Kostas A. Fanti, Jennifer E. Lansford, Patrick S. Malone, Paul Oburu, Concetta Pastorelli, Ann T. Skinner, Emma Sorbring, Sombat Tapanya, Liliana Maria Uribe Tirado, Liane Peña Alampay, Suha M. Al-Hassan and Hanan M. S. Takash
Version of Record online: 1 FEB 2017 | DOI: 10.1111/desc.12532
Data from young people in 11 countries indicates that sensation seeking peaks around age 19, then declines during the twenties, whereas self-regulation increases linearly from preadolescence into the early twenties, at which point it plateaus.