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Little Teenage Girls EXCLUSIVE

Adolescence is a period of transition for developmental and social domains that may also be accompanied by behavioral problems. Aggressive behavior may be a mental health concern for young teens and is defined as a behavioral and emotional trait that may be distressing for others. This study aimed to understand the factors associated with aggressiveness among young teenage girls. A cross-sectional study was conducted among a sample of 707 female middle school-aged students using multistage random sampling in Tabriz, Iran. The variables of interest were aggressiveness, general health status, happiness, social acceptance, and feelings of loneliness. Structural equation modeling was employed to analyze the data. Low parental support, low satisfaction with body image, high sense of loneliness, and lower perceived social acceptance were found to be the factors influencing aggressiveness. The current study found that the school environment, home environment, individual and interpersonal factors all play a part in aggressiveness. As a result, the contributing elements must be considered when creating and executing successful interventions to improve this population's psychological well-being.

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While all teens reported increasing mental health challenges, experiences of violence, and suicidal thoughts and behaviors, girls fared worse than boys across nearly all measures. The new report also confirms ongoing and extreme distress among teens who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or questioning (LGBQ+).

In recent years, mental health issues among U.S. teens have increased, particularly among young women. From 2001 to 2017, adolescent depression rates increased by 60%, with the largest increases among females (Figure 1).[6] The number of adolescent girls age 12 to 17 seeking counseling or treatment for mental health disorders including anxiety, depression, and suicidal thinking increased by 11% between 2005 and 2018.[7]

Emergency room visits for self-inflicted injuries have also been on the rise among youth.[10] From 2009 to 2015, rates of self-inflicted injuries increased by 18.8% per year among 10-14-year-old girls, and increased by 7.2% for females ages 15-19 between 2008 and 2015. The largest increase in self-inflicted harms among females was for injuries by sharp object (7% annual increase from 2001 to 2015).[11] Rates of self-inflicted injury among males remained stable over that time.[12]

Overall, more adolescent girls than boys are diagnosed with mental health issues. In 2014, for example, 17.3% of adolescent girls age 12 to 17 experienced major depressive episodes, compared to only 5.7% of adolescent boys.[13]

Evidence suggests teen girls are, at minimum, reporting and being treated more frequently with mental health issues, but the question remains whether social media is causing or exacerbating these issues. One thing can be said for sure: numerous studies have found an association between time spent on social media and poorer teen mental health, especially among young women.

International studies have come to similar conclusions. A 2021 study authored by Cooper McAllister et al. using a nationally representative U.K. study, relied on contemporaneous time diaries to study the effects of digital technology on teens ages 13-15.[17] They found that while 7-8% of boys exhibited clinically significant depressive symptoms or engaged in self-harm, 20% of girls exhibited depressive symptoms or engaged in self-harm. Boys also spent less time on social media than girls, even though boys spent more time on digital media overall with other online activities such as gaming.

Digital media was consistently associated with a higher likelihood of suicidal and non-suicidal self-harm and depression among girls, but rarely among boys. Figure 2 displays the associations between time on various forms of digital media use and the likelihood of engaging in self-harm by sex.

Meanwhile, girls who spent more than two hours per day using social media were significantly more likely to engage in self-harm and more likely to suffer clinically significant depression symptoms than those using social media for less than two hours per day (Figure 3). The researchers found 29% of girls who spent three or more hours per day on social media engaged in self-harm and 31% of girls who spent five or more hours on social media were depressed. Among girls who spent less than 2 hours per day on social med