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[Comment] Adolescent health and wellbeing: a key to a sustainable future

As knowledge has accumulated about human development during puberty and beyond, and about the development of the brain in particular, it has become clear that the notion of adolescence as a stage of sexual maturation is far too simplistic.1 Many interlinked neuroendocrine changes and processes influence adolescent behaviour, as well as the way young adults think and make decisions.2 A better understanding of these changes and their dynamic extension into early adult life offers not only an opportunity for a new approach to minimising risks to health and wellbeing, but also a moment to engage young people during years that have such far-reaching consequences for their future adult life, and even for future generations.

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