Empathetic Teens Handle Stress Better

The more empathetic a child is the better they cope with stress.  This is the conclusion of a recent survey of more than 1500 Spanish students between the ages of 12 and 15 years.

Researchers found that preteens and teens who are empathetic and helpful to others appear to solve problems better and are“very good at regulating their emotions and tending to not lose their temper” said lead researcher, Gustavo Carlo the Millsap Professor of Diversity in the MU Department of Human Development and Family Studies. The researchers found that teens who are emotionally unstable tend to be more impulsive, self-focused, and showed more signs of aggression.  They also had fewer methods of coping with stress.

The researchers concluded that all children benefit by learning to identify stress and learning different means of coping with stress such as identifying and managing their emotions, learning to plan ahead in order to avoid stress, and to problem solve in stressful situations.

Source: Medical News Today

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