Close Friendships Are Important

*The following is excerpted from an online article posted on PsychCentral. Emerging research suggests the quality of your high school friendships, rather than the number of friendships, influence mental health through young adulthood. Adolescence is a time of social challenges and changing expectations. For many youth, being with the “in crowd” and becoming a social butterfly are key for social inclusion and happiness. Now, a new longitudinal study suggests that the types of peer relationships youth make in high school matter for mental health through young adulthood. “Our research found that the quality of friendships during adolescence may directly predict aspects of long-term mental and e

Can You Hear Me Now?

*The following is excerpted from an online article posted on HealthDay. There’s good and bad news from a new study on the noise blasted in American teenagers’ ears — more kids are listening to music via earphones than ever before, but rates of hearing loss have not increased. Still, “the overall take-home message … is that not only are the elderly at danger of significant hearing loss — so are our children, at a time in their lives when education is key to their success in life,” said hearing expert Dr. Darius Kohan, who reviewed the new study. He directs otology/neurotology at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. The new research was led by Dr. Brooke Su and Dr. Dylan Chan of the Universit

Instagram a Main Source for Bullying

*The following is excerpted from an online article posted on TechCrunch. According to British anti-bullying organization Ditch The Label’s new annual survey, Instagram is the network of choice for cyberbullies in 2017, with Facebook close behind. This year’s survey collected results from 10,020 people between the ages of 12 and 20, making for a respectably robust data set that sheds some light onto the damaging phenomenon endemic to internet communities. For the portion of respondents who have experienced cyberbullying, 42 percent report being bullied on Instagram, 37 percent report being bullied on Facebook and 31 percent have been bullied on Snapchat. While 92 percent of young people repor

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