The brain continues to develop in adolescence, not reaching the full functioning of an adult brain until the person is in their 20s. Because the brain is still maturing, development of areas related to impulse control, emotions, and risk are not complete at this stage. As such, adolescents cannot fully process the consequences of their actions and often act instinctively. This can lead them to engage in high-risk behaviors. Other factors, too, such as peer socialization, the family environment, and mental health, play a role in such behavior.
For this Discussion, you meet an adolescent who is displaying high-risk behaviors and apply theoretical approaches and practice skills to the case.
Post a brief explanation of the high-risk behaviors that Dani is exhibiting. Describe the theoretical approaches and practice skills you would employ in working with Dani. How might familial relationships influence Dani’s mood and behavior? Please use the Learning Resources to support your analysis.