Are we raising a generation of unhappy, non-resilient adolescents?

Resilience: skill for tomorrow. Will those selection criteria skills still be useful in a few years? Source:

Resilience, suffering and silver linings after a disaster

The torrential rains may have ended, yet many people in Texas, Florida and the Caribbean continue to feel the impact of hurricanes Harvey and Irma in unseen, dramatic ways.

“Unlike the physical damage which is all too obvious, the psychological toll will have effects that cascade over time,” Dr. Octavio N. Martinez Jr., executive director of the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health at the University of Texas at Austin, wrote in an email.


Most of those affected by these intense storms are functioning as normal, with symptoms that may not seem very serious: anxiety, difficulty sleeping, sadness. Most notice their symptoms yet accept them as part of the impact of the disaster…

Are we raising a generation of unhappy, non-resilient adolescents?

Teens are driving less, starting to drink alcohol later, and having sex later. Sounds good, right?

“When you have fewer teens drinking alcohol, and having sex and driving, they are going to be safer,” Dr Jean Twenge, a psychologist at San Diego University, told Lateline. “Fewer of them are going get hurt.”

But what might sound like progress, Dr Twenge said, may actually be indicative of larger trends that may be harming the current generation of teenagers.

Dr Twenge is one of several experts to highlight the issues confronting what she calls “iGen”, the very “cautious” generation of adolescents born after 1995.

She is the lead author of a study, published on Tuesday in the journal Child Development, that suggests today’s adolescents are growing up slower — indulging later than their predecessors…


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