Author Explores Increased Mental Health Issues Among Teens And Young Adults

Published: Friday, March 29, 2019 - 12:27pm
Updated: Friday, March 29, 2019 - 2:44pm
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Young people seem to be facing greater challenges on a daily basis — from the more typical problems of growing up, to more traumatic fears like school shootings. And over the past five years or so, more of us — and young people, especially — are glued to our smartphones and social media.

New research by San Diego State University psychology professor Jean Twenge indicates that mental health disorders have risen dramatically among teens and young adults up to 25 years old. That dramatic shift, according to the research, has never been seen in any other generation.

Professor Twenge is also the author of "iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy — and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood — and What That Means for the Rest of Us."

She joined The Show to talk about her work.

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