Teen girls ‘engulfed’ in violence and trauma, CDC finds

The Washington Post (02/13/2023)
  • In 2021, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) surveyed 17,200 American high school students and found that 1 in 3 girls have seriously considered suicide (+60% over 10 years).
  • Almost 60% of teen girls reported feeling so persistently hopeless that they stopped regular activities.
  • 13% of teen girls attempted suicide vs 7% of teen boys.
  • While the drivers are multifaceted, Harvard psychologist Richard Weissbourd found that girls are more likely to internalize pain and more vulnerable to social media pressure (eg body image).