Article By Western Governors University
Members of Generation Z, kids and young adults born starting in 1997, are coming of age in a society unlike the one in which their parents and elders had to grow up. Many reports suggest that U.S. teenagers are more sheltered, more pressured to succeed, and more anxious and depressed than ever before. Many hide behind screens and avoid face-to-face interaction. Anxiety leads many teens to avoid interacting with their crushes or potential partners.
In an attempt to combat this challenge, Boston College philosophy professor Kerry Cronin created an assignment for her students: ask a romantic interest out on a date, in person, that will happen within the next week and last for about an hour. This strategy forces students to face their fears and helps them gain confidence when they realize that initiating dates isn’t as intimidating as it seems.
Do you have teenagers who face anxiety and struggle to put themselves out there? Exposure to feared situations is key to overcoming anxiety.
Read the full article from Western Governors University here:
“Stress, mental health, and Generation Z.” Western Governors University, 2019, https://www.wgu.edu/blog/stress-mental-health-generation-z1906.html.
Dr. Mary Stockton, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist who works with women, children and adolescents to promote recovery from depression, anxiety, stress, and relationship problems. She is certified in TEAM-CBT and focuses heavily on providing empirically supported treatment. Dr. Stockton graduated with honors from Kenyon College before completing her doctoral training at DePaul University and The University of Chicago. She and her partner are the parents of three teenagers/emerging adults.