To improve students' mental health, study finds, teach them to breathe

When college students learn specific techniques for managing stress and anxiety, their wellbeing improves across a range of measures and leads to better mental health, a new Yale study finds.

Aug 8

Categories: Stress Management, Teenage Issues


Ambivalence during childhood

Ambivalence can affect a teen’s state of mind during growth process. Ambivalence is having a mixed feeling and being inconsistent in behavior and decisions, it can cause conflict and confusion in the mind. This article explains how Ambivalence can ...

Sep 6

Categories: Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions, Child and/or Adolescent ...


Talking About Suicide and Self-Harm in Schools Can Save Lives

Suicide and self-harm remain taboo topics in schools, despite the fact youth suicide has reached a ten year high. Parents and teachers are often concerned that talking about suicide will put ideas in young minds, while, in reality, these ...

Oct 24

Categories: Self-Harm, Suicide Prevention, Teenage Issues


Peer Influence Increases the Risk of Teen Smoking by Twofold

A recent meta-analysis suggests that peer influence increases the risk of smoking in teenagers by twofold. Differences in the power of influence were also found between collectivist and individualistic cultures.

Aug 23

Categories: Child and/or Adolescent Issues, Smoking Cessation, Teenage Issues


Martial Arts Participation Reduces Aggression in Children and Teens

Martial Arts is associated with aggressive behaviour, hence it sounds contradictory that participation in the sport reduces aggression. However, this forms a core basis of many forms of martial arts, which emphasises the importance of self-control.

Aug 10

Categories: Aggression & Violence, Child and/or Adolescent Issues, Teenage ...


Mum’s Alert – Teenagers’ brains process risk differently

Due to the immaturity of the teen brain, lacking of the same connectivity between frontal decision making areas and deeper reward-related brain areas, teenagers are more prone to taking risks. However, there’s a social element involved when an ...

Jan 11

Categories: Teenage Issues


Do students know what's good for them?

Putting a student at the centre of their own learning seems like fundamental pedagogy. Obviously, we learn best when motivated and when learning is fun. Allowing us to explore our curiosity is a way to allow both. However, putting the trajectory of ...

Nov 19

Categories: Academic Issues, Child and/or Adolescent Issues, Teenage Issues


The Reality of Hook Up Culture

Adults seem to think we're all sex-crazed emotionless teenagers who have traded relationships for one-night stands, long conversations for heart emojis, romantic dinners for Tinder dates. Hundreds of people (most of whom happen to be over 30) have ...

Nov 12

Categories: Adult psychological development, Relationships & Marriage, ...


Adolescent sleep duration associated with daytime mood

A new study of adolescents suggests that obtaining an insufficient amount of sleep increases variability in sadness, anger, energy and feelings of sleepiness. The study also showed that nightly fluctuations in sleep in healthy adolescents predict ...

Oct 1

Categories: Child and/or Adolescent Issues, Teenage Issues


Psychologists scramble to keep up with growing social media addiction

FOMO, FOBO, and NoMo are among a growing list of acronyms relating to people's fear of not being able to check their social media feed. This reflects the phenomenon of social media addiction, and the issue has psychologists scrambling to keep up.

Sep 29

Categories: Addictions, Teenage Issues


What do teenagers need from their parents?

The teenage years can be mystifying for parents. Sensible children turn scatter-brained or start having wild mood swings. Formerly level-headed adolescents ride in cars with dangerous drivers or take other foolish risks. During one of the most ...

Aug 18

Categories: Teenage Issues


What social media does to teenage brains

A UCLA research study found that the same brain circuits that are activated by eating chocolate and winning money are activated when teenagers see large numbers of "likes" on their own photos or the photos of peers in a social network.

Aug 16

Categories: Teenage Issues


Exploring how a teen's high IQ can be both a gift and a curse

Exceptional intelligence is a double-edged sword for most kids, especially teens, who often find the pressure to succeed both intoxicating and suffocating. It is often the duality of these polar opposites that give smart teens the gift of success ...

Apr 23

Categories: Teenage Issues


Teen angst or depression?

Moodiness, irritability and isolation are often hallmarks of teenage growing pains, so it can be hard to realize where the line begins for mood disorders. So, how do parents know if their child is just going through teenage angst or dealing with a ...

Apr 19

Categories: Depression, Teenage Issues


Texting at night affects teens' sleep, academic performance

Can't stop texting? If you're a teenager, it may be to blame for falling grades and increased yawning in school, according to a new Rutgers study.

Mar 7

Categories: Academic Issues, Sleep Disorders, Teenage Issues

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