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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, 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. Public health […]

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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Race, Racism, and Relationships: What Matters for Teens’ Mental Health?

By Jessica Stern, Reprinted from YouthNEX Think back to your teenage years: Was it a happy time in your life, or did you struggle with feelings of depression? Did you lean on your close friends or family members for support, or did you deal with your feelings by yourself? And did you ever experience racial […]

The state of the teen mental health crisis — and how to help

By Erica Pandey, Reprinted from Axios Never have so many kids reported being so sad and stressed. Why it matters: The American Academy of Pediatrics declared the mental health crisis among children and teens a national emergency. Zoom out: Consider these troubling stats, reported by Axios health care editor Tina Reed. Mental distress: More than […]

Show empathy and offer support gently: Tips for supporting students with mental health struggles.

Adolescents are readying for the next step in a seemingly endless set of challenges. Here’s how to help them regulate their emotions. By Lisa Damour, Reprinted from The New York Times Many young people are experiencing mixed feelings as they enter another school year that’s disrupted by the pandemic. In this article, Lisa Bamour shares […]