Are Feel Alright
I lack the interest to investigate every claim that Chairman and CEO of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) makes about teenagers, and some of them are indubitably positive, but this sort of thing is of dubious value:
A survey of more than 2,700 middle and high school students revealed that most young people have a positive sense of self: feeling good about their progress on the key developmental tasks of establishing an identity, achieving independence, and building meaningful relationships with peers.
Despite commonly held beliefs that adolescence is defined by anxiety, upheaval, and acting out — or “storm and stress,” a phrase coined by G. Stanley Hall, the first president of the American Psychological Association — there is significant evidence from SADD that the majority of teens feel happy almost every day and perceive themselves as friendly (77 percent), honest (72 percent), and smart (72 percent). Similarly, more than six in ten say they can handle change well and are liked by others.
Is it necessarily to their own good, or society’s, that kids think they’re just swell? A healthy dose of sturm und drang can spur young men and women toward improvement and achievement. (Curious that Wallace should give credit for “coining” a translation to an APA president.) Let’s see how these youngsters do in the future — what they achieve or what the wreak. Many, I’ve little doubt (and considerable experience), will hit a splenetic wall when the world doesn’t duly reward them for being so well groomed.
How they react to that personal cataclysm will be the test.