Navigation Links
Optimism Could Help Kids Keep Depression at Bay
Date:1/11/2011

By Randy Dotinga
HealthDay Reporter

TUESDAY, Jan. 11 (HealthDay News) -- Here's a reason to try to change your kid's attitude: The most optimistic adolescents may be somewhat less likely to be depressed than their peers.

Researchers also have found a slight link between optimism and less heavy drug abuse and bad behavior.

There are caveats. The new research, on kids in Australia, doesn't prove that optimism directly causes kids to be less depressed. Other factors could explain things. The study also suggests that the most optimistic kids were not able to avoid having as many bad things happen in their lives as more pessimistic kids.

"Optimistic kids do better in avoiding emotional and behavioral problems during the teens, but it in no way makes them immune to setbacks," said the study's lead author, Dr. George C. Patton, of Australia's Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne. "There are a whole lot of other skills and experiences that are also important in getting through life."

The study is only the latest in a series of examinations of optimism. "It's been associated with decreased risk of depression, heart attack and death, even after other important risk factors -- like age, smoking and cholesterol -- have been taken into account," said Dr. Hilary Tindle, a researcher at the University of Pittsburgh's Division of General Internal Medicine.

The new study, published online Jan. 10 and in the February print issue of Pediatrics, examined optimism in 5,634 children who began taking part in the research when they were 12 to 14 years old.

The kids were asked about how they "viewed the future, ... the world as it currently is and themselves," said Patton, a professor with the Australia hospital's Centre for Adolescent Health. The kids who were less optimistic generally were recognizing positive things about the world or themselves "rarely or only some of the time," he said.

The researchers found that the quarter of kids who were the most optimistic had almost half the risk of showing signs of depression, compared with those who were least optimistic. Being highly optimistic only had a "modest" link to less heavy substance abuse and antisocial behavior.

The researchers figured that if everyone in the study had low levels of optimism, "the number of new cases of depression would rise by 32 percent in any year," Patton said. "That is a pretty big effect."

But what can be done with this information? Should kids take classes in optimism? Not quite, Patton said.

"Learning to get things in perspective and put yourself in the shoes of others are more realistic aims than simply trying to teach your teenager to always be positive about everything."

Tindle, the Pittsburgh researcher, said the attitudes regarding optimism and pessimism that form in early life may play a big role in the choices that adults make about their health. If that's the case, she said, it might be worthwhile to teach kids about how to look at the world. But for now, "no one knows all the nitty-gritty of how such a program could be logistically rolled out," Tindle said.

More information

The American Academy of Family Physicians has more on understanding teens' emotional health.

SOURCES: George C. Patton, M.D., professor, adolescent health research, Centre for Adolescent Health, Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, Australia; Hilary Tindle, M.D., M.P.H., researcher, Center for Research on Health Care, division of general internal medicine, University of Pittsburgh; February 201l, Pediatrics, online, Jan. 10, 2011


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Optimism May Boost Immune System
2. Optimism boosts the immune system
3. Pandemic flu strain could point way to universal vaccine
4. Link between signaling molecules could point way to therapies for epilepsy, stroke, other diseases
5. Infant Organ Donors Could Help Meet Transplant Needs: Study
6. Thermostatic mixer valves could significantly reduce the risk of scalding in children, study finds
7. Biological joints could replace artificial joints soon
8. Scientists Aim for Test That Could Spot Single Cancer Cell in Blood
9. Maybe Scrooge Couldnt Help Being Hard-Hearted
10. Could Santas Lack of Sleep on Christmas Eve Harm His Health?
11. Genetic trait could triple odds of whites susceptibility to heavy cocaine abuse
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Optimism Could Help Kids Keep Depression at Bay
(Date:4/22/2017)... ... ... Ecommerce sales have grown every year since the 1990’s, with 2016 retail ... of rapid innovation and growth are often neglected in the name of progress. As ... individual’s job to give something back to the planet that provides the resources needed ...
(Date:4/22/2017)... ... ... Juan Capistrano summer camp team at the Boys and Girls Club of South Coast ... physical activities for all campers. To read the report, click here or see ... specialty camps that focus on what the report terms as “sitting subjects” like coding or ...
(Date:4/21/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Contrary to popular perception, a new study ... noteworthy rates. Between 2002 and 2014, Salas-Wright and his colleagues found a 29% ... United States. The study, Trends in Fighting and Violence Among Adolescents in ...
(Date:4/21/2017)... PA (PRWEB) , ... April 21, 2017 , ... ... firm in Allegheny County that offers services to communities throughout the greater Pittsburgh ... in a charity drive to provide adaptive bicycles for differently-abled children. , Variety ...
(Date:4/21/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... April 21, 2017 , ... ... announced it’s been named Agency of Record (AOR) for Theravent, Inc. , ... eliminate snoring. Theravent’s parent company, Foundation Consumer Healthcare, is now working to expand ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:4/20/2017)... Research and Markets has announced the addition of ... By Service (Manufacturing, Research), By Country, (Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, ... to their offering. ... The Latin American pharmaceutical contract manufacturing services market is anticipated ... drug registration cost in Latin American countries and continuous economic ...
(Date:4/19/2017)... 19, 2017 Global Surgical Drainage Device Market: ... used to remove excess liquid and air. The fluid ... bile or lymph. Surgical drains are used in a ... orthopedics surgery, cardiovascular surgery, neurosurgery, plastic surgery etc. Common ... prevent accumulation of fluid e.g. blood or pus. Surgical ...
(Date:4/19/2017)... 19, 2017 Companion ... response in pets such as canine, avian and ... various types such as Attenuated Live Vaccines, Conjugate ... Vaccines and Recombinant Vaccines. Attenuated live vaccines are ... bacteria, which have been weakend under laboratory conditions. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: