Declining Resilience Among College Students (Psychology Today)

Mumma duck and kidsColleges evidently are reporting an increase in emergency calls by students to counseling services for what psychologist Peter Gray calls in Psychology Today the “problems of everyday life.” At colleges this may mean a dispute with a roommate or a bad grade on an exam. Gray quotes a college administrator who says that this observed “lack of resilience is interfering with the academic mission of the University and is thwarting the emotional and personal development of students.”

Gray argues that this trend could be linked to decisions by parents to not let their children play, explore and pursue their interests away from the guidance and supervision of adults. It is during these times, he argues, that children learn how to solve their own problems, experience failure and survive it, and resolve spats with other kids. “We have to give our children the freedom, which children have always enjoyed in the past, to get away from adults so they can practice being adults — that is, practice taking responsibility for themselves,” he writes. Read more.

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