Quotation by Laurence Steinberg

On an abstract level, young adolescents understand that playing with drugs can lead to addiction or an overdose, sex without contraception, to pregnancy; . . . But they do not have the intellectual wherewithal to integrate this abstract knowledge into everyday life. [One mother said her teenager] "actually believes that he won't break out into acne because he is philosophically opposed to pimples."
Laurence Steinberg (20th century), U.S. professor of psychology, and Ann Levine (20th century), U.S. author and writer. You and Your Adolescent, ch. 7 (1990).
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