Adolescent Mood Swings Gradually Decline With Age

Adolescents' mood became more stable in terms of happiness, anger and sadness between the age of 13 and 18 years old.

The teenage years are a time of heightened emotional arousal and, while normal during adolescence, learning to control emotions is a critical aspect of becoming an adult.

In this context, a new study reviews the development of teens’ emotional stability.

The longitudinal study discovered adolescents’ mood swings decline gradually as they get older. Researchers believe their findings should reassure parents about their moody teens while also helping parents and others identify when instability is considered risky and requires intervention.

The study was conducted in the Netherlands by researchers at VU University Amsterdam, the EMGO Institute for Health and Care Research, Utrecht University, and Tilburg University. Their findings appear in the journal Child Development.

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