In the wake of the tragic shootings at a Littleton, Colorado, high school, Americans are asking themselves how it could have been prevented. One element of the conversation has revolved around an examination of what it means to be a teenager: what experiences define the teenage years, how teens typically cope and become more mature, and why they sometimes lash out. Two experts talk about what’s normal for teenagers, specifically boys, and how adults can identify and help troubled teens.


  • Michael Thompson Child psychologist and co-author of "Raising Cain."
  • Lynn Ponton Professor of psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco

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