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5 Ways Parents Can Help Prevent Teen Depression

Adolescence is not an easy time of life, but there are ways that parents can learn to make it less difficult. From modeling good behavior and congenial social skills to acting with kindness and compassion toward their teens, parents can go a long way in making this time of life more manageable.

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“In one 2016 study of a large group of teenagers from diverse ethnic backgrounds, results showed that teens with high levels of parental support had lower depression symptoms and lower cortisol and C-reactive protein levels—two physiological markers associated with depression—than teens with less supportive relationships. Interestingly, peer support levels did not change these markers, suggesting that parental support may be key.”

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