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The Dramatic Rise of Anxiety and Depression in Children and Adolescents: Is It Connected to the Decline in Play and Rise in Schooling?

Rates of depression and anxiety among American children and adolescents have been increasing steadily for the past fifty to seventy years. Today five to eight times as many young people meet the criteria for diagnosis of major depression and/or an anxiety disorder as was true half a century ago or more. This holds even when the diagnostic criteria are constant. Some attribute this rise in psychopathology to the culture's increased materialism and orientation toward extrinsic goals. To that idea I add a further hypothesis.

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Routes Toward Trustful Parenting and Children’s Freedom in Our Time

Here are six ways to become a more trustful parent and to grant your children more freedom: (1) Examine your own values and priorities, and think how they relate to your interactions with your children. (2) Let go of the idea that you can determine your child’s future or are responsible for it. (3) Resist urges to be in continuous contact with your child, or to monitor your child’s activities and learning. (4) If possible, move to a neighborhood where kids of all ages play freely outdoors, and where parents as well as children get to know one another. (5) Work with other parents in your neighborhood to create safe and inviting places where children can congregate and play on their own. (6) Consider alternatives to conventional schooling.

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