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attachment issues and divorce
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Attachment Issues More Common After Parent Divorce

One of the most common causes of attachment issues in children is parents getting divorced. Whether the divorce followed periods of frequent arguments or falling out of love and needing space from each other, young children often internalize messages like “relationships don’t last” or “their...

bullying in middle school
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Normal Social Struggles vs Bullying in Middle School

Middle schoolers who have a history of trauma or being bullied are more likely to perceive negative peer interactions as continued bullying. It is important for middle school girls to understand that someone can be insensitive, thoughtless, immature, mean and even aggressive without it being...

depression and middle school
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How to Deal with Depression in Middle School

Middle school places a lot of pressure on students to fit in. It can be difficult for pre-teens with depression to feel comfortable reaching out for support from their peers, if they are worried about being judged. Many middle schoolers don’t have the emotional vocabulary...

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Youth Sports Boost Later Mental Health

Recently, the US Department of Health and Human Services released the first National Youth Sports Strategy which hopes to increase access to participation in sports and investigate potential benefits for later mental and physical health outcomes. While teens may struggle to be physically active in...