I was just wondering if it is okay to use "because although" in the middle of a sentence. How does this sentence look? Should I remove the comma after self-confidence or any other suggestions?
It is important to have a more detailed understanding of the social factors that hinder adolescents' self-confidence, because although the life stage is short in comparison to childhood, the bullying experienced by teenagers during this crucial stage of development has been identified as being particularly damaging.
I can see the argument for splitting this into two separate sentences, but I really need to link them together with the use of "as" or "because" somehow.