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Why Am I? The Science of Us 2 - When Teens Run off the Rails (Episode Two)

Television (Full Length Episode) – 2016

In this episode of Why Am I?, narrator Susie Ferguson asks why some young people move on from rocky patches to lead conventional lives, and why some continue down a criminal path. Lead researchers from the renowned Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Research Study  known as “the Dunedin study"  discuss the childhood traits that point to an increased risk of criminality, and place troubled teens into two groups: those who grow out of it and those who don't. Paul and Gary discuss their teenage crimes. While Paul changed his life's trajectory, Gary has a long list of convictions. 

You really must ask yourself when you see a teenager who's come before the courts, which path are they on? Because the teenager who's going to grow out of it naturally, you wouldn't want to give them a prison record that would stop them getting a job. And it would actually retard their natural desistance from crime.
– Dunedin Study Associate Director Terrie Moffitt on the crucial point in a teenage offender's life direction

Key Cast & Crew

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Mark McNeill

Co-Director, Producer

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Irena Dol

Co-Director, Editor

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Lloyd Canham

Sound Mix

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Anna Buchanan

Production Coordinator

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Susie Ferguson


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Paul Casserly


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Produced by

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Razor Films


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Razor Films