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Group behaviors: you do things you wouldn’t do by yourselfRemember violence and gang attitudesare learned behaviorsSome kids join gangs as a survival mechanism – if you do not you/your family become victims of the gang Juvenile GangsJuveniles and Arson Value of Internet Boundaries of their turf – Greeting, challenge and intimidationJuveniles and Brain MaturationMaturation Process: What does being 18 years old mean? Legally one is an adult, but is that “adult” matureStage OneoBirth to around 3 years oldoColor, sound, light, texture, and tasteStage Two – “they know who they are – identity”o2 to 5 years oldoIdentify objects and people like mommy and daddy… Important people grandma and grandpaoDevelop a sense of familyoObserve everythingStage Threeo4 – 10 years oldoChildren have begun to understand orderoSort objects and people outoStart to figure out importance of purpose and lifeStage Fouro7 – 14 years of ageoStart of physical maturityoStart of psychological maturityoStart to understand the big scheme of thingsoDefine character and personality oTeenager StageStage Fiveo12 – 24 years of ageoBrains still developingoUnderstanding spiritualityoUnderstanding beyond selfoDevelop social identityoHigh school yearsoSexual maturity
oBrain was fully developed at age 25Forebrain is the business center for your mindoForebrain changes shape during stage 5 brain developmentoHardware and software up date in your brain Drugs & MarijuanaMarijuana is the most popular drug in America, highest cash crop in America, and within the next 3-4 yearsMarijuana will be legalized in our stateNo one’s ever died from MarijuanaTHC collects in your reproductive organs and your forebrain = potential for THC to mess that upLess than 5% of the world population, more than half of consume the world’s drugWhat drives the changes? HormonesHormones shut off the impulse control of your brain!High SchoolSocial skills developing and changes influences by friends, school environment, cultureAddict: take drugs to function not to get high You will never reach the first high EVER again; your brain stops making normal neurotransmittersSide effects of hormones develop an instinctive drive that drives your social choices/development kids focus on their friends more than familySometimes juveniles don’t have a choice! The hormones also turn on an instinctive driveAll you want to belong to a group, something bigger than themselves beast modeTeenagers want to pick a social groupGrouping behaviors usually starts between 11 and tends to end around 18ishGrouping behaviors tend to be a function of:oEthnicityoEnvironmentoLocationGroupingsThere are a number of reasons why youth join groups like gangsThere are two common behaviors encountered with every type of groupGrouping and choosing a social (group identity)