Accidents account for a large number of preventable deaths and serious injuries to children and young people. This may be partly due to their lack of experience in managing risk. However, it is also being increasingly attributed to low impulse control, particularly in their teens, which is thought to be caused by the continuing development of the frontal cortex of the brain associated with decision making, insight, judgement and inhibitory control – Packard, A. (2007) ‘That teenage feeling’, Monitor Staff, 38 (4): 20.
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