(MELBOURNE, Australia) – New research suggests that being positive can help protect teens from depression and other behavioral issues.
Researchers at Murdoch Children's Centre for Adolescent Health in Melbourne, Australia say that teens who are positive are 50 percent less likely to suffer from depression.
''There has been remarkably little research into the effects of optimism on health in adolescents," the lead researcher told WebMD. "In older adults optimists are less likely to later experience a range of mental and physical health problems, from depression to cardiovascular disease. These relationships are well demonstrated. We have tended to assume the same would hold for adolescents but there have till now not been similar studies examining whether this was true or not."
The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, followed more than 5,000 teens for three years. In addition to depression, the research found that teens who are optimistic were also less likely to abuse heavy substances or show antisocial behavior.
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