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The Value of Social Support

Loneliness may predict functional decline and death.

Those living by themelves or just feeling lonely have a 25% increased risk for all-cause mortality and cardiovascular death--especially in younger subjects (under 80). In another study, feelings of loneliness in those over 60 years of age were approximately 60% more likely to experience declines in their ability to carry out daily tasks. 

PositiveTip: Provide some social support to someone you know who is lonely. It may help them and you!

Support Teens Need (part 3)

More on youth development and the 40 Developmental Assets as described by the Search Institute. This post concludes the first section on Support Teens Need

5) School Climate: where school provides a caring, encouraging environment.
If you find out your teen is bullying or being bullied, don't add stress by showing your anger, fear, or disappointment.

First listen carefully and respectfully while your child explains her or his point of view. Then work together to make a plan to solve the problem.

Support Teens Need (part 2)

More on youth development from the 40 Developmental Assets described by the Search Institute:

3) Other Adult Relationships: where teens receive support from three or more non-parent adults.
Swap a CD or M3P player with a teen. Listen to the music together if you can, and tell each other why you picked that music.

Find a teenage gourmet goodie buddy. Bake brownies, cookies, or other treats as a fun way to spend time together.

Send cards or e-mail greetings to the young people you know to mark holidays, birthdays, and other important milestones in their lives.

Invite a young friend to spend time with you as you till, plant, and tend a garden patch -- or create a container garden with potted plants.

Support Teens Need (part 1)

This series shares 40 concepts from The Search Institute about the development of youth ages 12 to 18. When these concepts are available to teens, The Search Institute explains, kids are helped to grow up healthy, caring and responsible. The posts in this series recommend how to apply these ideas.

1) Family: where family life provides high levels of love and support.
Start family traditions and rituals such as family service, game nights, seasonal outings or family meetings.

Adults & Video Games: What's the Risk?

Right now there is a ton of research emerging on the health and behavior risks of excessive Internet use and video game playing for young people and children. But what about adults? Are the risks the same?

Frustrated man playing video game.

A recent research article examined the potential health risks of adults who play online games. This was the first article ever published on video game playing among adults. 

This study, conducted in Washington State, followed 552 adults who play video games. Of these, 249 identified themselves as "video gamers", and more men than women called themselves gamers.