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The peak of adolescence

In this video Tina Kretschmer explains why we can speak of a peak of adolescence in relation with antisocial problems.
TINA KRETSCHMER: It’s interesting to know that the amount of people who do take yes on questionnaires like the ones you’ve done yourself just now differs between age groups. Children, for instance, they hardly show any anti-social behaviour and neither do adults. This looks a bit different for teenagers, where the number of people who take yes on those questionnaires is higher. Although the numbers are not exactly the same across the world, that pattern that adolescents show more anti-social behaviour than children or adults is actually the same in many parts of the world. This is something that we call the age crime curve. What is most fascinating is that scientists found this pattern already centuries ago. They’re calling this the adolescent peak.
And they’re not actually that worried about those teenagers who show a bit of anti-social behaviour, because they expect them to grow out of it once they grow older.

Often it is surprising that so many of you indicated that you behaved antisocially in one or more of the mentioned ways in the previous step. You can probably think of a friend or someone nearby that answered ‘yes’ to at least one of the questions. Does this mean that antisocial behaviour is normal and that most people do it every now and then? In the this and the next steps, we will go into this in more detail.

Antisocial behaviour occurs most often among in young people. This phenomenon is called the peak of adolescence. In this video Tina Kretschmer explains why there is a peak of adolescence in antisocial behaviour.

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