Psychological Facts About Children and Teenagers

A few interesting facts about young people.


  • Children are not blank slates on which adults imprint knowledge
  • Children who grow up in stressful environments with strict parents are more likely to develop the habit of overthinking as adults.
  • Play-based learning activities increases a child’s attention span.
  • Children can organize information in their memory starting at age 7.Your younger child will be able to remember things, but starting at age 6 she can use strategies for learning to memorize. At age 7, she can then use patterns and other tricks to help her even more.

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  • Kids are more high strung today than the average psych ward patient in 1950
  • Young children learn about prejudice by instruction, older children by experience.
  • Your child understands what you are saying before they begin to speak.
  • Music and movement augment children’s language capabilities during the preschool years.The younger the child, the more important music becomes.For example, when children learn nursery rhymes that are set to a steady beat; they learn to appreciate the pacing of words and how to speak more clearly.
  • Children learn more when they initiate an activity and are actively engaged in it.
  • The children of strict parents tend to be sneakier.
  • Studies have shown that severely deprived children,such as those raised in institutions, may lack the ability to clearify identity any emotions at all.
  • Children who watch more than three hours of television, videos, or DVDs a day have a higher chance of conduct problems, emotional symptoms, and relationship problems by the time they are 7 than children who do not.
  • Research found that kids aged 4-6 perform better during boring tasks when dressed as Batman.
  • According to a study by Boston Children’s Hospital , children with musical training have enhanced executive functioning.
  • According to a study, children are less likely to trust ugly people.


  • Researchers are debating on adding Internet addiction to the list of mental disorders.
  • Girls who have more ‘guy friends’ than ‘girl friends’ go through less depression and anxiety.
  • Social media gives rise to cyberbullying. Cyberbullying is an enormous concern, especially for adolescents.
  • A study showed that the percent of teen girls who feel good about themselves is around 29% compared to the boys with a percent of 46%.
  • It is a myth that teens need less sleep than young children.They need 9 to 10 hours a night, scientists say, although most fall short.Sleep-deprivation only exacerbates moodiness and cloudy decision-making. And sleep is thought to aid the critical reorganization of the teen brain.

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  • Studies have shown that if a girl likes you she will always play with her hair while talking.
  • Teenagers are not that good at reading emotions as adults or even children.
  • The top wish among all teen girls & boys are for their parents to communicate better with them. This includes frequent and more open conversations.
  • 7 in 10 girls believe that they are not good enough or don’t measure up in some way, including their looks, performance in school and relationships with friends and family members.
  • Teens do dramatic,irrational and stupid things because of teen brains.After infancy brain’s most dramatic growth spurt occurs in adolescence, and that growth means things get a little muddled in a teen mind. Teen brains are also wired to seek reward, act out, and otherwise exhibit immaturity that will change when they become adults.
  • Watching scary movies has lasting effects on children and teens, which may affect them well into adulthood.
  • A teenage girl’s self-esteem is more strongly related to how she views her own body shape and body weight, than how much she actually appear and looks.
  • Our memories can be so easily manipulated that in just 3 hours you can be convinced you committed a crime in your teenage years, a research found.
  • Teenage brains are simply wired to seek reward, a study in 2014 showed. When teens got money, or anticipated receiving some, the part of their brain that deals with pleasure and reward, the ventral striatum, lit up more than in adults in the study.
  • Teens are dealing with a huge amount of social, emotional and cognitive flux and have underdeveloped abilities to cope. They need their parents — those people with the more stable adult brain — to help them by staying calm, listening and being good role models.
  • Puberty is the beginning of major changes in the limbic system in teenage life, Psychologist said referring to the part of the brain that not only helps regulate heart rate and blood sugar levels, but also is critical to the formation of memories and emotions.
  • Loosely defined as the years between 11 and 19, adolescence is considered a critical time of development – and not just in outward appearances. “The brain continues to change throughout life, but there are huge leaps in development during adolescence”
  • Over 70% of Teenagers age 15 to 17 avoid normal daily activities, such as attending school, when they feel bad about their looks.

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Author: Renee

I am an author and a retired minister. My passion is helping others find their sense of self and identity after so many years of losing my own. So often we go to church and are still not aware of our disconnection with our true selves. The person inside that God deeply values. My husband and I have been married for over 30 years and have 3 children. I love gourmet cooking, swimming, all kinds of music, and political and religious discussion- the two things my mom said never to talk about at the dinner table.