Preventing Symptoms Of Depression By Teaching Adolescents

1099 Words Nov 23rd, 2014 5 Pages
The journal article, “Preventing Symptoms of Depression by Teaching Adolescents that People Can Change: Effects of a Brief Incremental Theory of Personality Intervention at 9-Month Follow-Up,” by Adriana Sum Miu and David Scott Yeager presented an experiment about using an intervention to help slow the rate of symptoms of depression in adolescents, however, an article entitled, “Teens taught that personality traits change in high school cope with depression better,” by Linda Searing misrepresented the journal article.
The article, “Teens taught that personality traits change in high school cope with depression better,” by Linda Searing from The Washington Post, claims that teaching adolescents that it is possible for personality traits to change over time can prevent the onset of symptoms of depression. The article claims that the group of teenagers in the experimental group that participated in an intervention designed by the research team that were taught that it is possible for personality traits to change over time were 40% less likely to show depressive symptoms approximately eight months after the initial intervention. According to the article, these depressive symptoms included the participants having “negative moods, feelings of ineffectiveness and low self-esteem.” The article claims that although the intervention used in the experiment was beneficial for teenagers in terms of depression, that it did not treat the mental illness, but instead, merely reduced the…
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