In psychology, maturity is the ability to respond to the environment in an appropriate manner. This response is generally learned rather than instinctive. Maturity also encompasses being aware of the correct time and place to behave and knowing when to act, according to the circumstances and the culture of the society one lives in.

The level of one's maturity may have multiple factors. Mental illness or psychological disorders, a person's environment and/ or the way a person was raised, all are contributing factors on a person's maturity level.

Troubled young people often display immaturity and immature behaviors. This is mainly due to the fact that troubled young men and women generally lack discipline. It is usually as simple as : troubled young adults and teens view making mature decisions as boring, while often choosing to act on self-indulgences, instead.

Troubled young men and women’s’ development into maturity can be problematic and seemingly futile. However, there are many treatment options for these types of young men and women. Treatment programs like, independent living programs, group homes, residential treatment centers, and transitional living programs are all viable resources. However, wilderness therapy has proven to be among the most effective of treatment options to consider.