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Q&A with Nancy Deutsch: Social Media’s Impact on Teens Can Be Both Good and Bad

By Audrey Breen, Reprinted from UVA Today U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek H. Murthy recently released an advisory warning of the “profound risk of harm” social media use can have on adolescents, in hopes of calling attention to “significant public health challenges” that he feels need urgent attention and action. The report focuses on the […]

Teen Girls Are Faring Worse Than Boys on Nearly All Mental Health Measures—Here’s Why

By Anita Slomski, Reprinted from JAMA Network Child and reproductive psychiatrist Misty Richards, MD, MS, puts it bluntly: “Our teen girls are not okay.” The program director for UCLA’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship recently cared for a girl who attempted suicide after receiving a college rejection letter. “Her self-worth was measured in achievement and […]

Commentary on CDC Report Finds Alarming Levels of Mental Health Symptoms in High School Students

By Alexandra Werntz, Ph.D. On February 13, 2023, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  results of a survey conducted with American high school students in the fall of 2021. According to the data, the kids are not alright.   More specifically, the report highlights three major takeaways:  “New CDC report raises urgency to invest in […]

Dismantling stereotypes: How adolescence can be reframed?

Telzer, E. H., Dai, J., Capella, J. J., Sobrino, M., & Garrett, S. L. (2022). Challenging stereotypes of teens: Reframing adolescence as window of opportunity. American Psychologist, 77(9), 1067–1081. https://doi.org/10.1037/amp0001109 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Adolescents are associated with stereotypes that negatively affect their behaviors and self-concept. For example, many people believe they are self-centered, […]

The youthCONNECT Integrated Student Supports Model Shows a Relationship Between Caring Adults and Students’ Academic Outcomes

Rackers, H., Jones, R., Sacks, V., Moore, K.A., & Redd, Z. (2022). The youthCONNECT integrated student supports model shows a relationship between caring adults and students’ academic outcomes. Child Trends. https://doi.org/10.56417/3773e6947v By Hannah Rackers, Rebecca M. Jones, Vanessa Sacks, Kristin Anderson Moore, and Zakia Redd, Reprinted from Child Trends youthCONNECT is an integrated student supports[i] initiative developed […]

How the pandemic aged teen brains

By Sabrina Moreno, Reprinted from AXIOS The stress of living through the pandemic physically changed adolescents’ brains and prematurely aged them by at least three or four years, according to a Stanford University study. Why it matters: While the behavioral effects of the pandemic are well-documented, data on youths’ neurological development has been scarce. What […]

As Teen Loneliness Rates Soar, Schools May Be Making It Worse, Scientists Say

By Adam Piore, Reprinted from NewsWeek The trouble with America’s teenagers began well before the pandemic. In 2019, more than 1 in 3 reported feeling so sad or hopeless at some point over the past year that they had skipped regular activities, a 44 percent rise since 2009, and 1 in 6 had contemplated suicide. […]

Why better data on students’ networks can start the school year off right

By Julia Freeland Fisher, Reprinted from The Christensen Institute Back to school means back to building relationships. Across high school campuses this fall, the first weeks of class will be marked by new rosters, ice breakers, hopes and dreams conferences, and the like as teachers set out to get to know their students and to […]

OPINION: There’s an effective way to guide our students through mental health problems

By Chelsea Waite and Julia Freeland Fisher, Reprinted from The Hechinger Reporter New CDC data out last month revealed that more than 4 in 10 teens report feeling “persistently sad or hopeless.” The data reflects what parents and educators have learned intimately over the last two years: Young people are struggling with mental health. Unfortunately, […]

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