Teens and young adults are in the midst of a unique mental health crisis. Lead author Jean Twenge, 47-year-old Professor of Psychology,
Lead author Jean Twenge, a 47-year-old professor of psychology at San Diego State University, has spent a long time studying the attitudes and beliefs of younger generations. Most recently, in 2017, Twenge published a pop-science book laying out her central argument that teens and young adults are coming out of age. Her book is titled iGen: Why Today's Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy – and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood
Twenge's Book and Work Has Has Its Detractors that is a theory that is supported by cherry-picked and weak evidence. A new study, published in the Journal of the Abnormal Psychology and Authorized by Twenge, and others, seems poised to rebut at least some of these criticisms.
A nationally representative survey of Americans' lifestyle habits. Americans across different age groups who took the survey from 2005 to 2017
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In 2008, for instance, around 5 percent of the ages of 30 and 34% of the same group in the same in 2017 33 percent jump. Meanwhile, just over 8 percent of 20- and 21-year-old experienced distress in 2008, compared to 14.4 percent in 2017
Suicide-related outcomes: Teens and young adults had higher rates of depression in 2017 than they were in the past. 19659003] Younger people tend to experience depression and other mood problems more than older people. But the findings suggest that younger people were a decade ago.
The common critique of Twenge's work.
“If economic reasons were to blame, it does , "she told Gizmodo. “In addition, if you are responsible, you are likely to be the most affected.
Twenge and her co-authors: Instead, it's the youngest who show the biggest increases in depression. ”
Twenge and her co-authors argue that since the beginning of the depression began in 2012, right around the time, they are playing a large role. They could be making it even harder for teens and young people to sleep. And the same effects may be happening to the millennials and the older generations, the authors say,
Regardless of the exact causes, it is that depressed and suicidal teens are more likely to suffer as adults;
Twenge doesn't discount the value of technology, even in helping people stay mentally healthy, but she got there should be more work done to prevent harm. In the immediate future, she said, could be a good time, a day or less.
If you or someone you know a crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255,