Navigation Links
Younger Teens Really Do Care What People Think
Date:7/15/2009

The opinion of others is key to their self-image, study finds

WEDNESDAY, July 15 (HealthDay News) -- Although they might not want to admit it, what other people think about them is extremely important to young adolescents, a new study confirms.

Previous research into teens' sensitivity to others' perceptions of them relied on information provided by teens themselves, but the authors of this study monitored brain activity as participants answered questions.

Using brain-mapping technology, the researchers studied neural activity in 12 adolescents (aged 11 to 13) and 12 young adults (aged 22 to 30) who were asked whether short phrases (such as "I am popular") applied to them. The participants were also asked whether they believed others -- such as classmates, best friends and parents -- also thought these phrases described them.

The results showed that young adolescents are more likely than young adults to see themselves in ways that may depend more on what they believe others think about their abilities and attributes. And, certain people appear to have more influence in some areas than others. For example, mothers are more important in how young adolescents view their academic abilities, while best friends are most influential on how they regard their social skills.

"These findings provide a novel form of evidence confirming the sensitivity of adolescents to what they believe others think of them, especially parents and peers," lead author Jennifer H. Pfeifer, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Oregon, said in a news release.

"More importantly, they suggest that being able to see others' perspectives on oneself may be particularly critical to development in adolescence. As a result, individuals who lack this social cognitive skill (including those with autism spectrum disorders) may face significant obstacles," she said.

The study appears in the July/August issue of the journal Child Development.

More information

The Nemours Foundation explains how parents can help teens have healthy self-esteem.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: Society for Research in Child Development, news release, July 15, 2009


'/>"/>
Copyright©2009 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Younger People Appear More at Risk From New Swine Flu
2. Alcohol advertising self-regulation not working, as ads target younger drinkers
3. Chemotherapy combination outcomes differ for aged, younger colon cancer patients
4. Advanced Prostate Cancer Deadlier in Younger Men
5. Younger men with advanced prostate cancer have shorter survival times
6. New Longevinex Advantage(R) Designed for Americans Who Want to Live Longer and Look Younger
7. Surgery improves survival for prostate cancer patients younger than 50
8. Younger Age of More Severe Swine Flu Cases Worries Experts
9. Younger Age of Severe Swine Flu Cases Worries Experts
10. Transplanted liver cells function in older animals but do not proliferate as much as in younger ones
11. Gene Test May ID Younger Women at Risk for Melanoma
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Younger Teens Really Do Care What People Think
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... ... recover from injury. Recently, he has implemented orthobiologic procedures as a method for ... is one of the first doctors to perform the treatment. Orthobiologics are substances ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... Conventional wisdom preaches the benefits of ... of the latter, setting the bar too high can result in disappointment, perhaps even ... progress toward their goal. , Research from PsychTests.com reveals that behind ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... Marne, Michigan (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... To deal with these feelings, many turn to unhealthy avenues, such as drug or ... Center of Marne, Michigan, has released tools for healthy coping following a traumatic event. ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... ... Marcy was in a crisis. Her son James, eight, was out of control. Prone to ... , “When something upset him, he couldn’t control his emotions,” remembers Marcy. “If there ... my other children and say he was going to kill them. If we were ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... ... Global law firm Greenberg Traurig, P.A. announced that 20 Florida attorneys are recognized ... this recognition are considered among the top 2 percent of lawyers practicing within the ... this year’s Legal Elite Hall of Fame: Miami Shareholders Mark D. Bloom, Burt ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... Dublin ... of the " Global Markets for Spectroscopy Equipment" ... This report focuses on the global ... including its applications in various applications. The report deals ... three main industries: pharmaceutical and biotechnology, food and beverage, ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... Research and Markets has announced the addition of the ... to their offering. ... World Market for Companion Diagnostics covers the world market for ... report includes the following: , World IVD ... (N. America, EU, ROW), 2015-2020 , World IVD Companion ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016  MedSource announced ... as its e-clinical software solution of choice.  This ... best possible value to their clients by offering ... The preferred relationship establishes nowEDC as the EDC ... for MedSource,s full-service clients.  "nowEDC has long been ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: