Cool Kids Lose, Though It May Take A Few Years

Parents, teachers and cheesy after-school specials have long tried to convince kids that being cool and popular isn't all that it's cracked up to be. Now scientists are chiming in as well. Dating, flouting authority and surrounding yourself with ...

Jun 19

Categories: Teenage Issues


Hong Kong: Government, schools need to do more to stop youth ...

HONG KONG - Ingrained resistance to discussing mental health problems and suicide in Hong Kong is proving to be an obstacle to bringing down the rising rate of young people killing themselves, suicide prevention workers say. The city's youth ...

Mar 24

Categories: Suicide Prevention, Teenage Issues


To Keep Teenagers Alert, Schools Let Them Sleep In

Jilly Dos Santos really did try to get to school on time. She set three successive alarms on her phone. Skipped breakfast. Hastily applied makeup while her fuming father drove. But last year she rarely made it into the frantic scrum at the doors of ...

Mar 22

Categories: Sleep Disorders, Teenage Issues


Social connections key to happiness for "at-risk" teens

An RMIT University report on the happiness of disadvantaged Australian teenagers has emphasised the vital role of family and friends in mental wellbeing. The research examined the happiness of more than 23,000 "at-risk" Australian youth.

Mar 17

Categories: Social Isolation, Teenage Issues


Why antisocial youths are less able to take the perspective of others

Adolescents with antisocial personality disorder inflict serious physical and psychological harm on both themselves and others. However, little is yet known about the underlying neural processes. Researchers at the University of Leiden and the Max ...

Mar 15

Categories: Antisocial personality, Child Development, Teenage Issues


The Tennage Brain Explained

Being a teenager is hard. Especially when hormones play their part in wreaking havoc on the teenage body and brain. In this episode, ...

Mar 14

Categories: Teenage Issues


Long wait for psychiatrist can have tragic consequences

Hong Kong - Last month, there was another tragic report of a suicide in the Chinese-language press, a post-secondary student in Hong Kong. The student wanted to see a psychiatrist in a public psychiatric outpatient clinic and the earliest ...

Mar 12

Categories: Suicide Prevention, Teenage Issues


Teens Imitate Risky Behavior Shared Online

Teenagers put a lot of stock in what their peers are doing, and parents are forever trying to push back against that influence. But with the advent of social media, hanging out with the wrong crowd can include not just classmates, but teenagers ...

Mar 11

Categories: Oppositional & Defiant Behavior in Children & Teens, Teenage ...


Aggression, rule-breaking common among Taiwanese teenagers who have ...

TAIWAN - Taiwanese teenagers - and especially females - who become sexually active at a very young age are more likely to be rule-breakers and be more aggressive than their peers. These are the findings of a national study of Taiwanese youth led by ...

Mar 7

Categories: Mental Health in Asia, Teenage Issues


Mindfulness at School Decreases Chance of Developing Depression

Mindfulness training in schools has been found to reduce and even prevent depression in adolescents. The finding comes from research carried out in 408 students between the ages of 13 and 20 who were studying at five schools in Flanders, Belgium.

Jan 27

Categories: Child Development, Teenage Issues


Reaching Australian Indigenous youth about mental health

A group of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youths have come together to develop a new campaign to improve mental-health awareness among Indigenous youth. They are working with the national youth mental-health foundation Headspace in attempt ...

Nov 1

Categories: Multicultural Concerns, Teenage Issues


Puberty blues: The very real issue of youth mental health

The onset of mental illness can occur as young as 14, so it stands to reason that the emotional wellbeing of youth is a very real and very relevant concern in today’s society. Some of the problems young people face are longstanding; drug and ...

Sep 30

Categories: Child Development, Teenage Issues


Using the web to combat youth alcoholism and depression

Australia - The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre is hopeful the first trial of an online intervention to help treat combined depression and alcohol abuse in young people will encourage more people to seek help. While other e-health ...

Sep 20

Categories: Addictions, Teenage Issues


Parents' Harsh Words Might Make Teen Behaviors Worse

Most parents yell at their kids at some point. It often feels like the last option for getting children to pay attention and shape up. But harsh verbal discipline may backfire. Teenagers act worse if they're yelled at, a study finds.

Sep 18

Categories: Parenting, Teenage Issues