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Preview: Taming the Teen Stress Monster by Maggie Dent


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or many teens, stress levels continue to rise, and they are ill-equipped to handle it. We know from Mission Australia’s 2014 Annual Youth Survey that the three main issues of concern for our teens are coping with stress, school or study problems, and body image.

With suicide still the number one cause of death for our adolescents, it’s clear that all teens need lots of support and encouragement to navigate the bumpy road from childhood to adulthood.

While we all wrangle with stress daily, for our adolescents who are operating in the world with an immature brain structure, stress is hugely risky.

I often liken the experience of being an adolescent to seeing the world through a cracked windscreen—things seem skewed and distorted. Often this means that well-meaning parental guidance is seen as criticism. Add to that pressure from media and social networks—the expectation to be more, have more, look perfect, dream big, and be famous—is it any wonder our confused adolescents run the very real risk of crashing?


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