“The nature of mental health is gendered”

New results from the Queen’s University-led Health Behaviour In School-Aged Children survey, which has been conducted every four years since 1989, in partnership with the Public Health Agency of Canada and Health Canada and summarized in Canada.com indicate that girls have significantly more emotional problems and less emotional well-being than boys.  Boys tend to externalize while girls internalize their feelings.  Although not new findings, they confirm and broaden what is already known about the gender differences in emotional coping among teens.  Specific findings are discussed, and provide good information for parents, teachers and the school psychologists who work with these teens.

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