Poverty to blame for high teen crime, not "the teenage brain"
A new study published in SAGE Open has concluded that poverty is to blame for high crime rates amongst teenagers, rather than "the adolescent brain" which was previosuly believed to drive them to reckless behavior.
The study's author Mike Males, a Senior Research Fellow at the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice in San Francisco says, "Within every race and community, adolescents suffer poverty rates two to three times higher than older adults do. It is astonishing that researchers have compiled decades of theories and claims about teenagers' supposed risk-taking, impulsiveness, brain deficiencies, and crime-proneness without examining whether these are due to young people's low socioeconomic status, not young age."
It seems that teens are mostly driven to crime by economic circumstances, just like the rest of humanity.