New Ways of Looking at Adolescent Mental Health
A new three-part series explores the changes in adolescent development. This series also discusses the impact of media coverage on adolescent behaviour and sleep patterns. It offers solutions to the problems associated with increased media exposure.
Changes in adolescent development
Although the storm and stress theory is still influential today, there are many factors that can alter the development of adolescents. Not all adolescents go through a stormy phase, and many others do not experience any disruption at all. As a result, contemporary psychologists have called for a modified approach to the theory. This approach emphasizes that adolescent development is a complex process that depends on an individual’s temperament, external circumstances, and experiences.
Environmental factors such as genetic background and stress levels also play a role in adolescent development. Environmental factors, including early childhood neglect, can alter the serotonin transporter gene, which regulates mood. Stress or abuse can also impact the development of early childhood and adversely affect the brain and social life. Adolescence is also a time of major social and behavioral changes.
Impact of media coverage on adolescent development
One study found a link between suicides in the news and the number of MH presentations to the local paediatric hospital. This study focused on suicides in the Ottawa area, and the media coverage of the death of Daron Poirier, an Ottawa Senator, may have had a beneficial effect on ED presentations. It may have increased awareness of MH issues and encouraged more youth to seek help. The study also found that media coverage of teen suicides increased the number of MH presentations to paediatric hospitals.
The new media environment has created a complex environment for young people, parents, and policymakers. It presents new challenges and risks for adolescent mental health. Yet, it also presents new opportunities to promote positive mental health among youth. Fortunately, this new environment is not without its benefits. In addition to its negative effects, the media environment is a major contributor to the mental health of children and adolescents.
Effects of media exposure on adolescent behavior
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, media content has a significant influence on children’s development, as do their viewing patterns. Children learn through imitation and mimicry, and they adapt those behaviors to their own lives. For this reason, increasing attention has been given to the media’s effects on children. This topic has also attracted the attention of educators, health care practitioners, and politicians.
Although media can improve the social environment, some studies have shown that it can also promote aggressive and violent behaviors in children. While the impact of newer forms of media is still unclear, concern over the effects of children’s media is justified by the large amount of time they spend with sophisticated media. Although there are many benefits to media exposure, it is important to make the most of its positive effects and minimize its negative effects.
Effects of media coverage on adolescents’ sleep patterns
Recent studies have found that the amount and quality of media exposure affects adolescents’ sleep patterns. The use of electronic media after bedtime and mobile phone use in the bedroom have been associated with poor sleep. Media use should be considered when developing interventions and sleep health education for adolescents. Similarly, the educational and media literacy training of parents can help to mitigate the impact of media usage on adolescents’ sleep. These findings indicate that the increasing use of digital media is negatively affecting sleep in adolescents.
The effects of media coverage on adolescents’ sleep patterns were investigated during the weekdays and weekends. The researchers found that teenagers exposed to television, computer, and Internet had late bedtimes, shorter sleep durations, and greater sleep deprivation than adolescents exposed to less media. In addition, adolescents exposed to more electronic media had later bedtimes, less sleep duration, and increased sleep latency during the week.