A group of researchers from Oxford and several American universities, found that fear of growing up among Teens today is much stronger than it was in previous decades. This is evidenced by the results of the study, which was attended by over three thousand students.
For their work the researchers collected information on young people living in the North-East USA and in the past participated in studies of food behavior. At the time of the research, that is 1982, 1992, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2009 or 2012, participants were about 20 years old. Some information about these students were collected as part of a larger study on eating disorders — it is assumed that stress is caused by fear of growing up may contribute to their development.
Sociologists asked the participants on a six-point scale to assess the degree of their agreement with different statements about themselves such as “I’d like to return that sense of security that experienced in childhood” or “I’m glad I’m not a kid.” Also, experts have summarized the results of their work and a row of similar studies carried out previously.
As a result, scientists came to the conclusion that the youth of today is afraid of growing up much more than she feared the Teens a few decades ago. Adult life for modern students causes mostly negative Association, and has been observed both among boys and among girls.
Experts still can not confidently answer the question, what can be explained by the growing fear of young people prior to adulthood. As possible causes scientists call, including anxiety caused by unstable economic situation or new trends in the education of children, in which their priorities are formed differently.
Also, the researchers note that their study is not too large, it affects students from one region of the United States, and there is no guarantee that its conclusions can be extended to the youth not enrolled in universities or adolescents in all countries of the world.