Substance Use and Depression More Closely Linked for Generation Z Teens

Substance use and antisocial behavior are more likely to go hand-in-hand with poor mental health for generation Z teens compared to millennial adolescents growing up 10 years earlier, according to a new study from researchers at the UCL Social Research Institute and the University of Liverpool.

The research, published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, reveals that even though rates of alcohol consumption, smoking, and assault among young people fell over the 10-year period—between 2005-2015—the association between these behaviors and depressive symptoms was stronger for generation Z.

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