At the beginning of this week, the Department of Justice announced a charge linked to the bribery scheme when entering college. Hollywood actresses and Wall Street executives were among those who were busy with the company to help their kids cheat college entrance examinations or bribe recruiting athletes to help increase their chances of getting into loud universities.
are affected by this scandal, such as wealth and privileges often determine who is capable of higher education. Less talk about mental health issues in this conversation. The situation only further emphasizes the enormous pressure that young people have to face and succeed ̵
A new study, published Thursday on the American Psychological Association for Abnormal Psychology, found that rates of depression, psychological suffering and suicidal thoughts increased significantly in the last 10-12 years among young people under the age of 26. Depression increased by 52% in adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17 – those who studied at elementary school and college.
Researchers attribute this problem mainly to social media, which includes the enormous pressure that young people give to their perfection. This is true, and this conclusion is a study again and again. But experts say – and other studies show that pressure to be perfect is extended to scholars.
"The sense that success or failure is very high rates has led to increased competition to get into elite colleges … there's no room for mistakes at all. If you get B in the seventh grade, it's believed that your future is shot, "said Victor Schwartz, Jed's chief medical officer, the mental health organization, which focuses primarily on teenagers. "Thus, every effort was made – legal, and sometimes not – control over the system and results."
This extraordinary attention to the achievement that comes from parents can lead to poor mental health outcomes for their children. – he said. This is also not new information. Past studies have shown that perfectionism increases the risk of depression in humans, especially when pressure comes from parents. But you should review this new mental health report and news about the college scandal.
"The intense competition for academic achievement, or the emergence of an achievement, and the construction of a resume may have taken time away from social skills and competencies-Building measures such as joining clubs, domestic sports, and even just wasting time to games or to dream ", – he added. "All these people can foster a sense of anxiety and despair among many young people."
"The intense competition for academic achievement, or the emergence of achievement, and the construction of a resume may have taken time away from social skills and communication activities.
– Victor Schwartz, Chief Medical Officer of the Jeda Foundation
In a piece for Psychcent, Lynn Margolis, a psychologist from Massachusetts, the amount before the parents' vision and behavior as to success in their studies – whether it prompts children not to leave system or to enter in such a way that they can not – they can form their children more than they understand.
"Our teens are built in a culture of competition and perfectionism, where success is determined by status, work ability and appearance," – wrote Margolis. "These values are passed on to our children in a non-verbal way through our emotional state and because of what we notice, impress and praise or reflect on them."
It is not provocative to say that the system of cheating, paying for the road to your child, an elite school does not really help them, even if the intention is – on the contrary. However, the intense pressure to succeed – even if it means unlawful measures – negatively affects mental health in a way that can potentially change the rest of their lives.
"We must understand how and how we function as society has a significant influence on the growth and development of youth. Our decisions and actions can indeed have consequences that often go beyond what we immediately imagine, "Schwartz said.
He added: "This [new study] and the recent [college admission] scandal show how social influence and our daily behavior can have profound effects and influence those around us"