Normative trajectories and sources of psychopathology risk in adolescence

Citation:

Somerville, L. H., & McLaughlin, K. A. (2018). Normative trajectories and sources of psychopathology risk in adolescence . In A. S. Fox, R. C. Lapate, A. J. Shackman, & R. J. Davidson (Ed.), The nature of emotion: Fundamental questions (2nd ed. pp. 386-389) . Oxford University Press.
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Abstract:

Adolescents are frequently portrayed as emotionally volatile, emotionally unhinged, emotionally clueless, and emotionally obsessed. Although these portrayals are overly dramatic, they are at least partially consistent with “storm and stress” theories of adolescence (Arnett, 1999). Although adolescents are overall more happy than unhappy (Larson et al., 2002), evidence does suggest that adolescents experience frequent and intense emotions that accompany a marked increase in their risk for mental disorders characterized by problems with emotion regulation. Here, we take a process-level perspective to evaluate why emotions “run hot” during adolescence.