8/11/17: 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. Smartphones are making kids unhappy

A professor of psychology at San Diego State University refers to the current generation of teens as "iGen," given the fact that they're the first to grow up with smartphones. She says they're more emotionally and psychologically vulnerable, and could be approaching "the worst mental health crisis in decades."


2. Dangerous teen behavior may be caused by culture, not biology

Teen risk-taking behavior is often attributed to brain changes, but criminologists at Penn State University found that might not actually be accurate. Their study looked at crime rates in Taiwan—where teen culture is less individualistic than it is in America—and found that crime peaked in adults in their late twenties and early thirties. If teen risk-taking behavior was biological, the peak crime rate wouldn't differ from country to country—suggesting American culture influences its teen crime rates.


3. Suicide rates for teen girls are at an all-time high

For teen girls ages 15 to 19, the suicide rate in America is the highest it has been in 40 years. And from 2007 to 2015, the suicide rate for teen girls rose 50 percent. Experts aren't sure why the increase is so high, but suggest factors such as mental health issues, substance abuse, and even the instability of the American economy.


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