At what age do teens learn self-control?

June 17, 2011 2:54:26 PM PDT
Most parents know that teens tend to be impulsive, meaning, they don't bother to think things through before they act.

So, at what age do the skills to plan ahead kick in?

Researchers tested almost 900 people from 10 to 30 years old on task planning and problem solving. What they found was the age at which poor planning became good planning was about 22.

As for helping teen harness their impulses and emotions, researchers say programs designed to target their still emerging capacity to plan ahead can help youngsters to make good decisions.

There is more on this in the journal Child Development.

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