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Neighborhoods May Be Key to Teens’ Mental Well-Being

neighborhoods teensA substantial number of adolescents in the US have suffered from depression or a mood disorder. The study sought to find out if neighborhoods played a role in teen mental health.

Key takeaways:

  • Teenagers from cohesive neighborhoods were found to suffer from fewer symptoms of depression and anxiety.
  • Cohesive neighborhoods were described as those where neighbors were trusted and got involved in monitoring other children who were not their own.
  • The neighborhood effect therefore offered a protective effect akin to that of teen depression prevention programs.

“The idea that being in a supportive environment would be good for children’s mental health shouldn’t be a revolution,” said Elias, also director of the Rutgers Social-Emotional and Character Development Lab.

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