HOW TO PREVENT DEPRESSION RISK AMONG TEENS
If you wish to shield your kids from depression, driving home the point that personalities can be changed may help, a study suggests.
A low-cost, one-time intervention that educates teenagers about the changeable nature of personality traits may prevent an increase in depressive symptoms, the findings showed.
"We were amazed that a brief exposure to the message that people can change - during a key transition, the first few weeks of high school - could prevent increases in symptoms of depression," said lead researcher David Scott Yeager from University of Texas at Austin in the US.
Adolescence is a challenging transitional period marked by puberty and also changes in friendship networks and status hierarchy.
Research suggests that many lifelong cases of major depression emerge during this developmental period.