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  • Adolescence typically refers to the teen years, or ages 13 to 19. It is said that adolescence is a time of enormous opportunity and enormous risks; scientists believe that the way in which teens spend these years has a crucial impact on the final development and structure of the brain.2 Where adolescents live, moreover, can shape the way they spend their time and the decisions they make. In the Latin American region, it is estimated that 95 percent of adolescents live with their parents and/or other adults (Andersen, 2002), which suggests that adolescents opportunities regarding basic living standards and access to schools are strongly influenced by the household where they reside.

author list (cited authors)

  • Duryea, S., Edwards, A. C., & Ureta, M.

editor list (cited editors)

  • Duryea, S., Edwards, A. C., & Ureta, M.

Book Title

  • Critical Decisions at a Critical Age Adolescents and Young Adults in Latin America