The teen years aren’t easy for anyone. Research shows significant increases in anxiety, depression and other mental health issues during this time for both boys and girls. Recent studies, however, suggest that adolescent girls – especially those who spend a lot of time on social media – tend to be particularly susceptible to the social and emotional upheaval.
Anyone who has teens in their life knows how important friendships are to this age group. But you may not know that a significant body of research suggests close friendships are essential to a young person’s emotional wellbeing and mental health.
Romance during the teen years is full of intense emotional highs and lows. It is also a time when young people build the foundation for what to expect from relationships going forward. This week’s blog offers parents some strategies for helping young adults build healthy and respectful partnerships and cope with those that aren’t.