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Diagnosis: Adolescence, Not Otherwise Specified

Shawn C. Marsh, Ph.D. Chief Program Officer over Juvenile Law, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges Think back to your teenage years for a moment. Were you ever impulsive? Was it important to fit in? Did you make poor decisions? Did you ever do something that (if you had been caught) could have led to serious consequences? Don’t worry if you answered yes to any or all of these questions: you are not alone. For those working with teenagers, the good news is that we now know more than ever about why adolescents tend to have these characteristics or behaviors.
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