Independence and Youth Mental Health: Study

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Written by: Where Parents Talk Staff

Published: Jul 8, 2023

This week on Where Parents Talk radio on 105.9 The Region, host Lianne Castelino speaks to Dr. David Bjorklund, Professor of Psychology at Florida Atlantic University, researcher and author, who was a co-author of a study examining the impact of childhood independence, through play and activity, on youth mental health conditions.

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Professor of Psychology, Florida Atlantic University.
Researcher (Cognitive development in children and evolutionary developmental psychology)

“…this extreme emphasis on safety, minimizing the risks that they take, minimizing the chances they get to get hurt or disappointed causes children to lose opportunities to act independently, to have control over important aspects of their life, to choose events. And we see this across the globe. And we see this change occurring over 50 years and sort of accelerated I think, in the last couple of decades. This is correlated with changes in mental health, decreases in mental health.”



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