11/17/16: 4 Articles You Need to Read This Week
We know you're busy--that's why we're keeping up on the news for you. Here are some of the latest articles about teen health that are worth your time. Check back every Friday for more headlines you may have missed!
1. Depression is worsening in all teens, but especially in girls
According to a study published in Pediatrics, the number of teens ages 12 to 17 who experienced depressive episodes increased from 8.7 percent in 2005 to 11.3 percent in 2014. Researchers said that adolescent girls reported more cases of depression--in fact, the increase for girls was from 13 percent in 2015 to 17 percent in 2014, while boys went from 4 percent to 6 percent. More research is still needed as to why this is, but researchers say the increase may come down to cyberbullying among teen girls.
2. Coast to coast, high school students are staging walkouts to protest Trump
To express solidarity and lack of support for president-elect Donald Trump, high school students across the country have been walking out. "I would not walk all the way over here if I was trying to ditch school," said Los Angeles senior Stephanie Cierra, who is protesting Trump in honor of her immigrant parents. Students also protested in New York, Maryland, Ohio, and Oregon.
3. Unlike adults, teens pitch in despite income inequality
Among adults, those who make more money tend to donate more money to causes they believe in, but among teens this isn't the case, according to a study in the Journal of Youth and Adolescence. The study found that teens living in "unequal counties" had slightly higher levels of civic engagement, believing that volunteering and helping in their community is important.
4. Starting school later could benefit teens
A published in Pediatrics found that it's not the amount of sleep that matters most for teens, but when they go to sleep and wake up. "It's like requiring an adult to get up five days a week at 3 a.m. . . . for adolescents to be expected to get up and function at a time when their circadian-driven alertness is at its lowest point in 24 hours," said Judith Owens, director of sleep medicine at Boston Children's Hospital.