What other celebrities are good role models? Those famous for taking a stand, such as environmental activist Greta Thunberg, gun control activist David Hogg, and female education activist Malala Yousafzai, can have a positive influence by encouraging teens to organize around the issues they care about that have social and personal value.
"Role models are people you admire, those people that help make you a good person"' is Spencer Park's opinion of who role models are and why it is important to have them.Everyone has role models. They are a necessary part of our lives, part of growing up, Katrina Weaver feels. "Role models give us someone to pattern our lives after."
Teens need role models to provide direction. Jeff Pratt said, "To have a role model helps you to decide where you want to go with your life." A role model shows what a teen's life could be like in the future. Role models provide a picture of who a teen would like to be. "Role models' examples give me something to work toward," is how Sarah Deaver feels role models influence her future life.
A role model is "someone to look at and try to gain the qualities that they have," stated Natalie Bean. When teens were asked what qualities they want a role model to possess, the list included words such as canny, compassionate, optimistic, encouraging, willing to listen, understanding, patient, humorous, intelligent, strong-willed, honest, loyal, ready to stand up for what they believe in, helpful, easy to talk to, funny, generous, talented and cheerful. Sarah Deaver said her "role models have traits (she) wants to have."
Robbie Jenkins said, "Role models show that even in a cruel world, there are good people; that there are people that stand up for what is right and good. Role models encourage and inspire." "Role models bring up a teen's self-esteem and give them a base to model their lives after," Heidi Woolley stated. A role model makes a teen want to go out and do the best they can in school and in life." Emily Martin felt that "a role model gives you motivation."
Teens learn through the triumphs and failures of their role models. Teens want to learn from their role models' triumphs how to succeed and also how to carry on after failure. Alex Earl said, "Based on what I see older people have done, I can make goals for my own life." Jodi Beck said, "It is important that we have role models to provide guidance."
"The role models teens need are not the ones that appear in the media," stated Natalie Bean. Robbie Jenkins added, "Role models are the people you interact with. The people you interact with are the only ones close enough to influence you."
Furthermore, for celebrities that are as exploited for their physical bodies as often as the Kardashian family is, they are shirking an opportunity to reframe the narrative around healthy weight. Hence, teens are told that looking skinny defines your worth. This messaging is superficial, heartbreaking for many, and can be deadly for those who suffer with life-threatening eating disorders.
Celebrities influence teens in other ways as well. When stars post images of themselves drinking or smoking on social media, they normalize substance use. Furthermore, they make it appear attractive and cool. This is one way that social media can have a negative impact on teen mental health.
Moreover, teens often idolize celebrities and want to be like them. Therefore, if they see images on Instagram of a favorite singer or actor using drugs or drinking, they might be tempted to do so as well.
For example, a University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine study looked at teenagers who frequently listen to music that contains references to marijuana. Subsequently, they found that these teens are more likely to use the drug than teens with less exposure to such lyrics.
In addition, for every hour that American teens listen to music, they hear more than three references to different brand names of alcohol. Researchers say that this might contribute to teen drinking. In addition, researchers at Dartmouth Medical School found that movie characters who smoke cigarettes influence teens to try smoking. Therefore, media influence on youth can contribute to risk-taking behaviors.
Parents might ask teens what they admire about the stars they follow. What qualities do they want to emulate? Perhaps creativity, passion, or dedication? What can they learn from the lives of celebrities who have struggled with depression, anxiety, eating disorders, or substance use?
However, some celebrities are unable to overcome mental health conditions. The deaths this year of designer Kate Spade and television personality Anthony Bourdain brought renewed attention to mental illness and suicide. Therefore, the message for teens is that people who are suffering must seek professional treatment as soon as possible.
In conclusion, celebrities are really people. Thus, they experience real struggles. But because they are in the public eye, teens have the opportunity to learn from them. And parents can help them sort through the information and take away a healthy message.
Celebrities can be good or bad role models for teens. Celebrities glamorize unhealthy fads and behaviors and encourage unrealistic body image standards. On the other hand, some celebrities choose to use their status to counteract harmful cultural messages, by reducing stigma around a particular issue or speaking out honestly about their own struggles.
Absolutely. Celebrities can inspire a young person to achieve goals beyond what they observe in their immediate community. They can motivate teens to engage with community causes and live a healthy lifestyle. Their impact is not limited to success stories. Celebrities can also be role models for how to get help for mental health issues or substance use disorder.
Role models are people teens look up to, and who they want to be like. Teens may select role models because they have qualities or are successful in areas teens see as important. A teen might look up to a famous athlete because they want to become a professional ballplayer when they grow up. They may choose a famous movie star because they aspire to have a similar status and lifestyle. But fame and fortune are not the only reasons teens select role models!
Teens also choose role models because of their character: how the person treats others and what the person says. For example, they might look up to a well-known activist because of how they help others and the environment. It may surprise you, but teens often choose someone they know personally as their role model with parents or other family members often coming in on top! (Yes! Teens identify their parents as role models even before teachers, friends, athletes, or musicians!)
A study from Tufts University showed teens choose character role models because of how that person treats themselves and others. As with role models in general, teens most often chose their parents or other relatives to look up to for being good people. They described their role models as having qualities including, kindness, honesty, trustworthiness, and putting others before themselves.
Instead, the survey found that 67.7 percent of the teenagers said parents are the most influential role models in their lives. After parents, 40.6 percent said teachers and coaches followed by siblings at 40.4 percent. Religious leaders, athletes and celebrities did not fare too well at 18.7 percent, 18.3 percent and 16.5 percent, respectively. When choosing role models, the teenagers surveyed said the most important qualities they look for include values such as honesty, integrity, loyalty and truthfulness. These responses are in contrast to the way teenagers responded to a 1988 University of Kentucky study of 384 teens and who influenced them most. In that study, 58% cited atelevision personality as their role model and only 15% said they looked up to their parents and/or family members.
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Adolescents and teens who have positive role models and who participate in after-school clubs tend to be more physically active and are less likely to be overweight, according to a study by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.
The study, supported by The California Endowment, found that 70 percent of teens who have social protective factors had a healthy body mass index, while just 60 percent of those who did not have those factors had a healthy BMI.
Although 11 percent named an entertainer as a role model and 15 percent named an athlete, more teens (22 percent) named family members as their role models. Four percent identified teachers and another four percent said their role models were friends.
The authors recommend that school policies strengthen adult support among teachers and school staff, especially for teens of color and from low-income families; teens and parents help develop school policies and activities; community organizations and schools increase opportunities for social participation outside of school, particularly in underserved areas; and that subsidies be offered to make such programs more affordable.
Little is known about processes through which behavior therapy (BT) for adolescent ADHD improves outcomes. The purpose of this study was to build a theoretical model for the processes through which a BT for adolescent ADHD (Supporting Teens' Autonomy Daily; STAND) impacts functioning. Seventy-eight audio recordings from a standard therapeutic task in the final STAND session were analyzed as parents and adolescents (ages 11-16) reflected upon what changed during STAND and why. Qualitative coding sorted parent and teen statements into orthogonal categories of perceived changes. Network analysis examined inter-relations between categories. Results indicated twenty-one categories of perceived change areas. Parent use of behavioral strategies, adolescent motivation, and adolescent organization skills were central nodes in the network of perceived changes, with strong relations to academic and parent-teen relationship outcomes. A model is proposed in which skills training in STAND increases parent behavioral strategy use and teen organization skills, while Motivational Interviewing (MI) in STAND increase parent behavioral strategy use and initial adolescent motivation. In turn, parent behavioral strategy use is proposed to further reinforce teen motivation through contingency management, thereby increasing teen application of organization skills to daily life. As a result of improved teen motivation and organization skills, the model proposes that ADHD symptoms, academic problems, and parent-teen conflict abate. We discuss secondary mechanisms and outcomes in this model, the possibility of person-specific processes, implications for community-based adaptation of STAND, and plans to validate this conceptual model using sophisticated mediational models. 041b061a72