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Chronic YouthDisability, Sexuality, and U.S. Media Cultures of Rehabilitation$
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Julie Passanante Elman

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781479841424

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479841424.001.0001

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Crazy by Design

Crazy by Design

Neuroparenting and Crisis in the Decade of the Brain

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Chronic Youth

Julie Passanante Elman

NYU Press

This chapter traces the rise of “neuroparenting” new model of parenting teenagers that incorporates new neuroscientific discoveries to explain how “typical teen” attributes like impulsiveness or emotional explosiveness are neurologically rooted rather than culturally constructed. Medicalization and rehabilitation had intensified and expanded into a range of other cultural locations by the twentieth century’s close. In particular, broader discourses of genetics and neuroscience in the 1990s “Decade of the Brain” had proven that other valences of identity, such as race, class, gender, and sexuality, as well as violent behavior, were neurologically and/or genetically rooted rather than socially constructed. This progress led to the discovery of neuroparenting, which uses neuroscientific studies of the adolescent brain as the basis of their behavior.

Keywords:   neuroparenting, neuroscientific discoveries, neuroscientific studies, genetics, adolescent brain

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