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Trauma and the Brain (Cont'd)

In adolescent children, trauma can impact the development of the prefrontal cortex, which is the part of the brain responsible for connecting behaviors and consequences, problem solving, inhibitions, and impulse control.

Group of teens

When this part of the brain has not been fully developed, an adolescent may engage in more risk-taking behavior, make poor decisions, not perform well at school, and become involved in criminal activity.