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Teens are also more likely to be self-absorbed, have low self-control, and express feelings of concern, sadness, and dissatisfaction with life. So why do teens these days experience more psychological issues than in generations past? It seems counterintuitive given that we usually think of history as progress.
Indeed, rates of anxiety and depression among young people Anxiety case study child far lower during the Great Depression, during World War II, during the Cold War, and during the tumultuous s and early s than they are today.
This means that the rise in anxiety and other mental health issues must relate to the way young people view the world, instead of the world as it actually is. Internal and External One theme of anxiety and depression is that people are affected by a profound sense of control or lack of control over their own lives.
Psychologist Julian Rotter developed a standard measure of sense of control in the s with the Internal-External Locus of Control Scale.
The questionnaire consists of 23 pairs of statements — one statement represents a belief of an Internal locus of control control by the personand the other represents belief in an External locus of control control by circumstances outside the person.
This questionnaire has been used over the years in various studies to determine that people who score toward the Internal end on the scale are less likely to become anxious or depressed.
Yet, there has been a dramatic change with young people over the years from through Over this time period, researchers found that children aged nine to 14, as well as college students, moved away from the Internal end of the scale and towards the External end of the scale.
And, generally, could also mean that a change from more Intrinsic goals to Extrinsic goals correlates to a shift towards a culture consumed with materialism, which seeps through television and other media platforms, particularly those young people use on a regular basis.
If the importance of money, possessions, and status is elevated over the importance of family and personal relationships, it makes sense that materialism could be affecting the rate of anxiety and depression among young people.
The more stressors society piles onto young people, those who are predisposed to feel stress more intensely will have difficulty handling it. Who do young people look to for healthy role models? It seems that as a culture we have gravitated towards being more influenced by External goals and this might have impacted the type of children we raise.
If our leaning is to value work, material gains, and success instead of relationships, meaning and community, our children will be affected.
As parents, you play a vital position in the wellbeing of your child. If you feel like your child is experiencing an increase of anxious behaviors, take note. Take the time to talk to your child about what he is feeling.
That requires you to be present and available, not just physically, but emotionally. You may need to open up about your own worries and fears when you were the same age, or ask specific, more direct questions to initiate the conversation.
Support and validate your child and remain calm during these discussions. Teach your child about how to manage his anxiety. Discuss what anxiety looks like in different scenarios so he can familiarize himself with common situations he may experience at some point.
You can use your own past experiences, or draw from movie or book characters to help your child understand anxiety on a personal level. Talk to your child about how to recognize when he is feeling anxiety, and consider the ways it presents through physical feelings, thoughts and actions.
With evidence suggesting that young people feel more out of control than ever before, perhaps the best thing you could do for your child is to spend time with him, teaching him tools he could use to think of himself as empowered instead of hopeless.
In a culture that has shifted its emphasis away from meaning and relationships, maybe the benefits of time and communication would be able to have a lasting impact not just with your child, but also with future generations to come.
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