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Managing Teen Emotions

Research from the University of Illinois published recently in Child Development has found that teenagers can learn to manage powerful emotions and gain insight into the processes involved.

Reed Larson, professor of family ecology said:

"There's a stereotype that teens don't manage their emotions, their emotions manage them. But this study showed that, in an atmosphere of trust and support, teens can become adept at identifying their emotions, learn to recognize the tricks emotions play on people, and begin to understand not only how to control their emotions, but to use them in positive ways."

Co-authored by Jane R. Brown and funded by the William T. Grant Foundation, the study examined 12 youth programs and found that students taking part in a high-school musical theater production showed "particularly rich emotional growth". Ten teens were interviewed every two weeks over a three-month period during

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