Adolescents Struggle to Differentiate Emotional States

A new study from Harvard and University of Washington looked at differences in people’s emotional experiences throughout the lifespan with the goal of better understanding why teens’ emotions may seem volatile. Results showed that adolescents often feel multiple emotions at the same time yet have difficulty differentiating them, which may impact their ability to cope well. Teaching self-regulation and mindfulness in RHY programs may help teens improve their ability to understand what they’re feeling, and subsequently reduce the risk of developing more persistent mental health problems. Read about the study.