Academic journal article Human Ecology

Whitlock Blogs on Youth and Mental Health for Psychology Magazine

Academic journal article Human Ecology

Whitlock Blogs on Youth and Mental Health for Psychology Magazine

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In "Youth and Consequences," a new blog for Psychology Today, Janis Whitlock, research scientist in the Family Life Development Center, sheds light on adolescent mental health in the new millennium. Her monthly posts have examined everything from cutting and other forms of self-injury among youth, to the fissures in the collective American psyche that may have influenced last year's shooting rampage at Fort Hood, to the interplay between addiction and the search for happiness in teens.

"I see promoting dialogue related to issues that bridge science and everyday life and experience as central to my work and professional passion," Whitlock said. "Psychology Today is a great venue for this, and the blogging environment allows for intellectual freedom."

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In November 2009, Whitlock explored the growing narcissism among America's youth, as more of their lives are laid bare on the Internet. To what extent does our reliance on technology contribute to such egotism? And in a culture of 24/7 news, unyielding blog traffic, social networking, and tweets, are today's youth equipped to think deeply and analyze complex information in a meaningful way?

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Whitlock thinks there is reason for concern, but unlike many, she is optimistic. …

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