Study Finds Teens Have Same Stress Habits As Adults

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When it comes to stress, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. According to a recent study from the American Psychological Association, teens are just as stressed out as adults, and are mirroring their coping behaviors.

The study focuses on the question: "Are teens adopting adults' stress habits?" The findings show that teens learn how to handle stress from their parents. If an adult doesn't deal well with stress, neither will their teen.

The study found that both teens and adults recognize the importance of stress management, but many do not practice its techniques. Forty-two percent of teens and 44 percent of adults admitted they aren't doing enough to manage their stress.

This is why it's important to be a good stress role model for your teen. Find ways to relax together—whether practicing meditation or scheduling regular work breaks. For more ways to de-stress, check out our "From Gah! to Ahhh..." article in the February issue of Choices.

Another major way to reduce stress is exercise, yet the study found that 37 percent of adults either exercise less than once a week or not at all. Likewise, 20 percent of teens exercise less than once a week. Get out there and take a walk around the block. Any physical activity helps!

Not only does stress takes a toll on mental health (one-third of the teens said they felt overwhelmed or sad or depressed because of stress), but it also has a physical effect. In the study, 32 percent of teens said they experience headaches, likely caused by stress. For more about headaches and ways to deal, check out our “What A Headache!” story in the May issue of Choices.

What do you think of this study? How do you manage stress? Tell us in the comments below.