Teaching Teenagers to Cope With Social Stress. Almost four million American teenagers have just started their freshman year of high school. Can they learn better ways to deal with all that stress and insecurity? New research suggests they can. Though academic and social pressures continue to pile on in high school, teenagers can be taught effective coping skills to skirt the pitfalls of anxiety and depression.
David S. Yeager, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Texas at Austin and a leading voice in the growing effort to help college students stay in school, has been turning his attention to younger teenagers to help shore up their resilience at an earlier age. His latest study, published in the journal Psychological Science, found a surprisingly effective technique. The students who completed the exercise subsequently had lower levels of stress, reported more confidence in coping and achieved slightly higher grades at year’s end, compared to a control group.
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Stress. Body Image. ADD/ADHD. Body Image. Positive Psychology. Duchess of Cambridge: Support children's mental health. My dad killed himself when I was 13. He hid his depression. I won’t hide mine. Amy Marlow with her dad, Doug McDowell. (Photos courtesy: Amy Marlow) When you walk into the laundry room and find your father hanging, you know that life is never going to be the same. That is a sight you can’t unsee and a pain you can’t unfeel. I was 13 years old and still a little girl. My dad was my hero – a Vietnam vet, a Michigan grad, a Springsteen fan. I remember being a kid, flying down the road in his Oldsmobile with the windows rolled down and the music cranked up. I looked over and he smiled, his blue eyes sparkling and his black hair blowing in the wind.
Doug McDowell in his Navy uniform. I was 13 years old and I didn’t know about depression, didn’t know that my dad had struggled silently with his mental health for years. So like a little sponge I absorbed what I sensed. Wrung with a fear that I couldn’t name I finally asked him, “Dad – what’s wrong?” He never did. Three days later, he was gone. The pain was so enormous that it felt just as physical as it was emotional. All teens should be screened for depression, task force recommends. The group decided that there was good evidence to support screening for all young people between the ages of 12 and 18. For children younger than 12, there is not enough evidence around which tests work and which treatments are effective to recommend that doctors screen all individuals in this age group.
The new recommendations for screening adolescents "very much parallel the recommendations for adults (18 and older)," said Dr. Alex H. Krist, associate professor of family medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University and member of the Task Force that wrote the recommendations, which came out on Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The last iteration of the recommendations for both adolescents and adults, in 2009, stated that doctors should only screen for depression if systems were in place to help at-risk individuals get appropriate treatment and followup care. "We believe that health care has advanced a lot and it's more the norm to have systems in place," Krist said. Inside Out: Emotional Theory Comes Alive.
Coalition to Support Grieving Students. Howard Gardner. Howard Earl Gardner (born July 11, 1943) is an American developmental psychologist and the John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education at Harvard University. He is currently the senior director of Harvard Project Zero, and since 1995, he has been the co-director of The Good Project. Gardner has written hundreds of research articles and thirty books that have been translated into more than thirty languages.
He is best known for his theory of multiple intelligences, as outlined in his 1983 book Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences. Early life Howard Earl Gardner was born July 11, 1943, in Scranton, Pennsylvania, to Ralph Gardner and Hilde (née Weilheimer) Gardner, German-Jewish immigrants who fled Germany prior to World War II. Education was of the utmost importance in the Gardner home. Career Theory and criticism Achievements and awards Personal life References Boredom is not a problem to be solved. It's the last privilege of a free mind | Gayatri Devi. Confessing to boredom is confessing to a character-flaw. Popular culture is littered with advice on how to shake it off: find like-minded people, take up a hobby, find a cause and work for it, take up an instrument, read a book, clean your house And certainly don’t let your kids be bored: enroll them in swimming, soccer, dance, church groups – anything to keep them from assuaging their boredom by gravitating toward sex and drugs.
To do otherwise is to admit that we’re not engaging with the world around us. Or that your cellphone has died. But boredom is not tragic. I live and teach in small-town Pennsylvania, and some of my students from bigger cities tell me that they always go home on Fridays because they are bored here. You know the best antidote to boredom, I asked them? When you’re bored, time moves slowly. So lean in to boredom, into that intense experience of time untouched by beauty, pleasure, comfort and all other temporal salubrious sensations.
How to beat loneliness. Loneliness is a subjective feeling. You may be surrounded by other people, friends, family, workmates — yet still feel emotionally or socially disconnected from those around you. Other people are not guaranteed to shield us against the raw emotional pain that loneliness inflicts. But raw emotional pain is only the beginning of the damage loneliness can cause. It has a huge impact on our physical health as well. Loneliness activates our physical and psychological stress responses and suppresses the function of our immune systems. This puts us at increased risk for developing all kinds of illness and diseases, including cardiovascular disease. Emerging from loneliness is far more challenging than we realize. There are many paths to loneliness. Unfortunately, emerging from loneliness is far more challenging than we realize, as the psychological wounds it inflicts create a trap from which it is difficult to break free.
Take action Give the benefit of the doubt Approach with positivity. The Secret to Happiness May Lie in Our Relationships. In 2014, researchers at the University of Warwick in England announced they had found a strong association between a gene mutation identified with happiness and well-being. It’s called 5-HTTLPR and it affects the way our body metabolizes the neurotransmitter serotonin, which helps regulate our moods, sex drives, and appetites. The study asks why some nations, notably Denmark, consistently top “happiness indexes,” and wonders whether there may be a connection between a nation and the genetic makeup of its people.
Sure enough, controlling for work status, religion, age, gender, and income, the researchers discovered those with Danish DNA had a distinct genetic advantage in well-being. In other words, the more Danish DNA one has, the more likely he or she will report being happy. This tantalizing piece of research is not the only example of the power of feel-good genes. “Close relationships and social connections keep you happy and healthy. Even the Vatican has expressed concern. In Unit Stalked by Suicide, Veterans Try to Save One Another. James Holmes' life story didn't sway jury. He was wanted, he was encouraged and he was taken to piano lessons and soccer practice and neighborhood birthday parties. He was at the center of a pack of exceptional boys who ruled his Northern California neighborhood and elementary school. It all seemed so Norman Rockwell normal. He did well in school and played basketball and video games. He went to the beach, on camping trips in the mountains and to Disneyland.
There were family gatherings on Thanksgiving and Christmas and neighborhood parties on July 4 and Halloween. He was a bit of a prodigy. By middle school, according to testimony, he was one of the top five players in the world at the video game Warcraft III. A convicted mass killer, he asked for mercy and didn't get it. Holmes will at the very least spend the rest of his days locked up. 13th Juror: What drives a 'perfect' boy to kill?
But in the second stage of the sentencing process, the defense commanded center stage. This is a textbook capital defense work. A traumatic move. Executive Function Disorder in Children | Memory Problems. Spreading of healthy mood in adolescent social networks | Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences. Abstract Depression is a major public health concern worldwide. There is evidence that social support and befriending influence mental health, and an improved understanding of the social processes that drive depression has the potential to bring significant public health benefits. We investigate transmission of mood on a social network of adolescents, allowing flexibility in our model by making no prior assumption as to whether it is low mood or healthy mood that spreads.
Here, we show that while depression does not spread, healthy mood among friends is associated with significantly reduced risk of developing and increased chance of recovering from depression. We found that this spreading of healthy mood can be captured using a non-linear complex contagion model. Having sufficient friends with healthy mood can halve the probability of developing, or double the probability of recovering from, depression over a 6–12-month period on an adolescent social network. 1. 2. (a) The data 3. 4. How do I deflate my teenage son’s oversized ego and curb the cockiness? Like Humans, Chimps Bow to Social Pressure. Chimpanzees want to be just like their friends, at least when it comes to getting food. The social conformity displayed in a new study is a trait previously seen only in humans. Researchers at Emory University's Yerkes National Primate Research Center presented two groups of chimpanzees a food puzzle.
The chimps were faced with a small barrier that blocked food from rolling down a pipe. They could either lift the barrier, allowing the food to roll towards them, or poke at it until it pushed the food reward down a different chute. The task was designed to recreate the type of problem solving chimps do in the wild. Out of sight from the other chimps, researchers took aside one chimp from each group and taught each a different way to use a stick to get at the food. "We chose those individuals because they had a lot of friends in the group and we thought that the other chimps would watch them," study coauthor Victoria Horner told LiveScience.
Car stolen with 8-year-old inside, father helps rescue him. SOUTH FULTON COUNTY, GA (WXIA) -- A carjacker stole an SUV just moments after the driver got out to get gas, and when the SUV began to pull off with an 8-year-old boy still inside, his father put his own life on the line to save his son. Sunday morning, the father was about to fill up his car at a Murphy USA gas station on Old National Highway.
His fiancée pulled her SUV right behind him to fill up her vehicle as well, and his son was inside her SUV. Moments after she got out, the carjacker got in. "I was just taking the gas cap off while she was going in to pay for it," said Malcolm Milliones. Milliones was standing behind his vehicle and in front of her SUV. While she stepped inside to pay in advance, Milliones prepared to pump the gas. And a child – maybe in his early teens, Milliones said – jumped out of a black Toyota and into her SUV, and drove off with Rashaan in the back seat.
"He jumped into the window of the SUV on the passenger side," Milliones said. Emily Skye. Association for Applied Sport Psychology: The 3 C’s of Being a Captain. Larry Lauer, PhD and Kevin BlueMichigan State University Major Point: Captains embody 3 C’s in leading their team: Caring, Courageous, and Consistent. Being named a team captain is quite the honor. The position of captain is given to those athletes whom the rest of the team respect and trust to lead the team in the right direction. However, with this great honor also comes great responsibility. A captain must be accountable after a bad performance or practice. Captains are expected to perform in the clutch and lead the team to victory. In our opinion, being a captain is one of the greatest honors an athlete can receive. Caring: Great captains have an undeniable passion for the game, for competing, and for their teammates. Courageous: Captains are willing to step up. Consistent: Effective captains need to be the model of consistency.
If you successfully accomplish these 3 C’s you will earn a 4th C – credibility. What if you need to develop your 3 C’s? Talk to your coaches as well. Morgan Hendry '01.