Latayne’s Corner: Preparing Your Teenager for Stress – Brains and People Can Change

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Preparing Your Teenager for Stress – Brains and People Can Change

by Dr. Latayne Scott and Dr. Beth Robinson

A recent study found a practical way to reduce depression in teenagers focuses on one truth: People can change.

During the teenage years, especially in transitional times such as the passage from middle school to high school, kids often feel left out (not enough attention or popularity) or the objects of too much attention (bullying and ostracism.) Bad situations seem permanent, and unpleasant people seem like they will never change.

Is your teenager feeling despair, and showing early symptoms of depression such as withdrawal?

Let him or her take this beta survey that emphasizes that the researchers want input from teenagers. While taking the survey, the student will:

  • Learn that the brain can be changed and thus people and their behaviors can change

  • Hear from other teenagers about how knowing this can help

  • Give feedback in the form of advice to other students about what they have learned.

Try it out to see what it’s all about! Check the survey first—it doesn’t take long—then have your student participate in the chatty, informal, and low-pressure discussion.

Can such a short and painless experience result in any real changes for your kid? This study says it can—so what have you got to lose?

About the Authors

Latayne C. Scott is the author of 25 published books and thousands of magazine articles. Her latest books are What Will Be Made Plain: An Amish Ghost Story (TSU Press, 2019), A Conspiracy of Breath (TSU Press, 2017), The Parables of Jesus (TSU Press, 2017), and as a contributor to Leaving Mormonism: Why Four Scholars Changed Their Minds (Kregel, 2017). She blogs with Dr. Beth Robinson at Connect with Latayne at her blog, on Facebook, and on Twitter.

Dr. Latayne Scott and Dr. Beth Robinson write on health-related subjects and are the authors of Protecting Your Child From Predators: How to Recognize and Respond to Sexual Danger (Bethany, 2019) and the upcoming book Talking with Teens about Sexuality: Critical Conversations about Social Media, Gender Identity, Same-Sex Attraction, Pornography, Purity, Dating, Etc. (Bethany, 2021.)