Teenage Use Silence To Cope With Stress and Depression

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Young individuals from the Eastern Cape are making use of silence to interact and manage their stress, a recent study has discovered. This research recommends that young individuals are required to be empowered with perfect and effectual ways of managing stress, says Dr. Mzikazi Nduna, who led the study. Observation of answers as to why the youth chooses to be silent on stress proved that there is a fundamental meaning to the non-expression of depression.  The meaning helped in fulfilling different however related purposes, said Nduna.

Psychological Depression:

The research was conducted to find the initials and responses to the depression by young individuals, given that reported levels of intellectual stress in youth of South Africa. The study was conducted in Butterworth region and the nearby areas which included young individuals whose age ranged from 16 to 22 years. The various factors which caused them stress and depressions are mentioned below:

  • Financial hardships
  • Poverty
  • Not aware of whom their fathers were
  • Being orphaned
  • And many other factors

Young individuals engage in risk gender behavior:

It was additionally discovered that the gender non-conformity, academic failures, delinquency and substance abuse frequently resulted in conflict amid the young individuals and their parents which consequently led to intellectual depression. Nduna said that silence was used by the young individuals as a strategy for containing a possible hurtful condition, proving gratitude for the accrued benefits and defending others. The research also proved that the young individuals who felt depressed and disempowered were more probable to externalize their inner turmoil by involving in risky gender behavior, displaying delinquent tendencies or becoming aggressive. This research was published in Sapa in March 2012 issue.


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