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Tes talks to… Jean Twenge

The ‘iGen’ generation currently moving through the school system is showing worrying signs of depression and an unwillingness to take risks. If we don’t help students to build their capacity for self-determination, they will be totally unprepared for adulthood, the US psychologist tells Simon Creasey

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Dr Jean Twenge is worried about the current crop of school-age children. She’s worried about their habits, their mental health and their attitudes. And that’s not just an opinion based on observations – it’s one based on data from millions of young people.

Twenge is professor of psychology at San Diego State University and author of more than 140 scientific papers and books. She has been researching generational differences for the past 25 years, using annual surveys of 11 million young people in the US, and she’s discovered that the shift between the previous cohort of young people – the ...

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